Building a House for Diversity

Subgroup Size

Entire group


45 minutes

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity created by Annette Benson and Brittany Biesiada, CILMAR, based on the following:


Thomas, Jr., R. R., & Woodruff, M. I. (1999). Building a house for diversity: A fable about a giraffe & an elephant offers new strategies for today's workforce. AMA Publications.

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Identify feelings of inclusion/exclusion as dependent on context. 2. Recognize that structural exclusion can exist. 3. Analyze the inclusive and exclusive ways that people and organizations typically respond to diversity.