Diversity Resources


The Diversity Campaign team has put together some resources to help you, as a trainer, leader, or participant, improve your group’s experience with the 2018 educational content area - Diversity. These resources are a tool for you to draw ideas from, to inspire you into creating and delivering meaningful content regarding diversity.


Sune Pihl from CISV Denmark compiled different techniques for debriefing as part of our educational activities. This document can serve as a guide and as an inspiration for you to adapt your activities and debriefings so they are more inclusive, allow for diversity of thought, and create better educational experiences.Take the different techniques and styles in this document and combine them, change them, and modify them so they better suit your target audience and your type of activity!

Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Did you know that there is a Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions? Unesco has an entire webpage dedicated to this 2005 document! Not only does it present the text of the Convention and its legal implications, but it also covers a variety of related topics, news of activities, and other information which helps to promote diversity of cultural expressions. This can give you some ideas for camp themes.

Fighting Discrimination

Discrimination in a barrier on the way of diversity, respect, and human dignity. The United Nations Human Rights branch has a space dedicated to the fight against discrimination. On this page you’ll find information and resources to discuss discrimination of culture, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, and more.


Kompaz 2017/2018 is constantly working on the topic Diversity - and different ways of approaching it! So far this year, they have released videos and written content about labels and stereotypes, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and spirituality. Visit their Facebook page, check them out on ISSUU, or follow them on Instagram @cisvkompaz to see what they are doing and to share your thoughts.

Internal and External Processors

Everyone processes their thoughts differently. Some of us prefer to process our thoughts internally, having an internal debate with ourselves, working through our thoughts before expressing them to others. Some of us would rather process our thoughts externally, voicing them as they come and developing them while being spoken. It is important to acknowledge these type of processors and plan our sessions and activities with this in mind. Ronald Cordoba from CISV Costa Rica designed an activity to understand how these processors work, and how they can work and understand together. You can check out the activity here.

IJB Thinks

Several years ago (2006), International Junior Branch created a project called IJB Thinks, a project where JBers from all over the world wrote thoughts and ideas regarding several different issues that they thought were interesting and important to discuss. Twenty three publications were created with content and ideas that may inspire you in developing your understanding of diversity. They are all incredibly interesting! You can find them compiled here. Take a specific look Issue 15 and Issue 7 that deal with specific topics regarding diversity! Other interesting issues are Issue 13 and Issue 5 that have other interesting topics regarding communication, stereotypes, critical thought and traditions!

2014 Archive

2014 was also the year of diversity, and you can find lots of valuable content in this archive. Junior Branch and the “Divers” team created many activities, explanations, and even a book called The Kaleidoscope! You can find them on the CISV Webpage here and we encourage you to use them to the full extent.

Final Note

If there is a type of resource you would love to have, please let us know so that we can improve our resource compilation. Thank you for reading, and we hope these resources will be useful for you! Diversity Campaign Team



Tips for Trainers

Hello trainers,

We have put together seven tips to approach diversity in training! We hope they support and inspire you to boost your training and your trainees’ learning.

1. Connect diversity with other content areas

Diversity is a very broad subject and it can easily be connected to the other educational content areas. It is important for your trainees to understand not only how they are connected but also why.

For example, you can emphasize the relationship between diversity and conflict & resolution, where many of the conflicts that occur in the world are due to how diverse we are, especially with regard to the way we think! Remember that conflicts are necessary because they allow us to appreciate our differences; imagine if everyone thought the same and did the same, there probably would be no conflict, but do we want that? The key is to approach conflict and discuss our differences in a peaceful and constructive way. When facing such situations, think “how can I take advantage of a conflict of ideas and turn into a learning opportunity?”.

Finding the connections between the content areas isn’t hard, however as trainers it is better to allow your trainees to figure them out by themselves, and for you to facilitate this discovery. Give them stimuli and challenges, such as appealing to memories they may have of former trainings, activities, or life experiences!



2. How to deal with tough questions from trainees concerning diversity challenges:

When we talk about diversity, sensitive and difficult topics come up easily such as racism, sexuality, social class, gender fluidity, competing religious beliefs and taboos, politics, etc. Trainees can ask you tough questions, wanting to learn how to deal with specific situations if they come up in a camp, or in an activity. As a trainer, you do not need to have all the answers, but you can help trainees to reflect on the best approach considering our learning and educational environment. Whenever in doubt, it helps to think “is this topic/question related to our approach to peace education?”, if yes, then you can frame your answer in a way to show trainees how to make it relevant to CISV goals and principles.

You can turn the question back to your trainees asking them to reflect on what is the approach they can take to the situation that will be respectful, inclusive, and just to everyone involved, and turn it into a learning situation.

If the question is sensitive and should be discussed in a smaller group only with members that are okay discussing this topic, you can suggest having a meeting in smaller group to discuss the issue. This can be during an informal time or after the training session.

3. Make sure to be inclusive with your groups, and encourage diversity of thought

A big question we must ask ourselves as trainers is: are our methods the best to make sure there is diversity of thought within our group? This question allows us to make sure that our activities do not become echo chambers, where only one opinion is being said and repeated by everyone. All of our educational activities are created with the purpose of teaching Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge, but, most importantly, they are created to teach the participants to think for themselves and have a critical opinion on a subject. Is this possible if only one opinion is allowed in a debriefing?

If we analyse our debriefing methods, we notice that there are many, and that they serve different purposes, and each has its own specific limitations! Let’s look at big group debriefings, the traditional way of debriefing in a CISV activity. Usually at big group debriefings you have only a small group of people participating, and the rest either listening or ignoring the debate. This can be either because they are shy, they believe they have nothing to contribute, or their opinions and ideas are so different from those that are being discussed they have no intention of sharing them. The people who are discussing, are often talking in circles, repeating the same things over and over again but in different words, and usually one specific idea.

Try different debriefing methods. For example, have two people discuss for a few minutes and then switch partners. Have the participants write their opinion in a piece of paper, as well as what they believe could be the opposite opinion, divide them in groups of four, and have them defend one or the other. Have your debriefing questions written on large pieces of paper and put them around your activity room, and have the participants write and draw their feelings and opinions. Make them stand in front of a small group and monologue and act what they believe they have learned of the activity.

Make sure to teach your trainees not only different debriefing methods, but also why they are important, how to create them, and, most importantly, how to facilitate them!

One important tip is that each person’s opinion has to be considered by the trainer. An easy way to show interest and to be grateful for one’s opinion is to say “Thank you” after a trainee has participated in a discussion.


4. Have a personal approach to the topic:

Trainees feel more engaged when they can understand and relate to the topic discussed. Choose examples that are part of your trainees’ reality (or at least of some of them). In this way, they will feel more willing and confident to share their thoughts, give their opinions and tell their experiences on the topic. That allows to richer discussions and outcomes!

If you are also giving a lecture, tell personal stories that allow the trainees to relate to what you are saying. Make it engaging. However, make sure that your personal approach doesn’t impose itself upon the other’s potential experiences!

5. Be aware of the diversity in your training group

Try to learn who your trainees are before your training starts - if necessary, ask them about who they are and about some aspects of their life experience a few weeks before the training so you can adapt your training session better. That will help you adapt your topics for discussions and prepare them to connect with the group on a more personal level (see #4 above). During your training, be aware that people come from different places, carry different experiences in life - and sometimes, some traumas and hard feelings on some issues -, have diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives. It is important to pay attention to how you speak to everyone and how you involve people in activities. Make sure you use inclusive and respectful words, have sensitive approach to people being willing or not to touch another person, and value everyone’s differences to create a positive environment.

Understand that not everyone speaks perfect English, give them time to understand what you are saying. Have many different examples prepared ahead of time, specially because people from different contexts may understand them in different ways! Always ask if there are questions, and prompt them to explain what they have learned.

6. Your ways to learn

Do you know the idea of 7 types of intelligences? Depending on which of those intelligences is most developed will influence the way we learn, how we process internally our experience and the way we recall information. Therefore, make sure your sessions include different ways of teaching: Mix the dynamic of your training, big and smaller group of trainees, passive and more active session, change the room if you can, use images, music or written posters... adapt your ‘rhythm’ to what you are trying to achieve. In brief, make sure that your training day...is diverse!

Wheel of Intelligences

*The picture represents the theory of multiple intelligences developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University.

7. Present trainees useful resources for learning about diversity

Look for resources that you yourself find useful, like videos, images, talks, books, articles, that may allow your trainees to have a better understanding of Diversity. You can share it with them either beforehand, or after your training! Trainees always appreciate it when the trainers take the time to give them resources to learn from.

If the opportunity arises, ask your participants to share resources with you and the rest of the group too! Don’t take all the educational responsibility upon your shoulders and delegate a little bit to your trainees. Every training group is very diverse, with people from many different contexts, ask them to also share with you what for them is important regarding diversity!

Remember to present this diversity blog and the Kompaz blog to your trainees.


We hope these tips will be helpful in your upcoming trainings! Stay tuned for more tips and resources!

On behalf of the Diversity Campaign Team



What Does Diversity Mean to You?

Diversity – a simple word with a seemingly simple meaning. But when we look closer it seems there is a world behind it.


Diversity. Diverse. Distinct. Different.

What comes to your mind when you hear these words?

We can think about cultural diversity, people from different countries, different in their origins, in the way they look, in what they eat, in how they speak. That’s one part of the discussion, but not all of it.

We are diverse in the way we think: people have different thoughts, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and values that are shaped, for example, by religion, politics, education, and culture.

We are diverse in the way we communicate.  Think about how many languages, dialects, or accents you know of, not only in the world but within your own country.  These ways of communicating include sign language, body language, and other forms of nonverbal communication. Examples of these include gesticulation with your hands or even the whole body, pitch and volume of the voice, speed of the speech and so on.

We are diverse in our dreams, goals, backgrounds, and experiences, as well as in the way we experience gender, sexuality, and identity.

We are diverse in how we learn, store, and retrieve information – some people are better with words, some with images, others with music.

We are also different in life opportunities. Consider the disparity between people around the world in terms of access to education, quality food and water, healthcare, proper living conditions, law and employment opportunities.

And this list can go on and on and on…

All of these aspects contribute to shaping our own unique and beautiful identities and influence the way we experience life and interact with our surroundings.

The question is then “why?”, Why think about Diversity when we are working with peace education?

If we think about the vast meaning of Diversity, maybe the question we should be asking ourselves is “why not?”. How can we not include Diversity in peace education? Diversity embraces so many of our characteristics as individuals; our different origins, ways of communicating, beliefs, preferences, and dreams. How can we be inclusive and empathic human beings without considering each other’s different identities? Being an active global citizen starts with having the courage to be curious and explore and seek to understand our differences.

Diversity, as one of CISV’s educational principle, serves as our statement that “we appreciate the similarities between people and value their differences”. Within CISV, we explore our own identity as individuals and are encouraged to consider ourselves within our community, local or wider, in a global level. Respect and inclusiveness are at the heart of peace education. After all, to build a more just and peaceful world we need to respect one another and our differences, and act to include everyone in this journey!


As we start this new CISV year, how are you planning to learn more about Diversity?

Look around your own community, city, and country. What do you see around you?

What does Diversity mean to you?

We encourage you to reflect, explore, learn, and discuss with your friends what Diversity means to you and how you plan to apply Diversity Education within CISV this year!

Stay with us and we will help you to learn and reflect throughout 2018!

Coming up next: tips for trainers who will be training leaders, staffs, boards, or Junior Branch in the content area of Diversity 🙂 !


Adriana Rodrigues

On behalf of the Diversity Campaign Team



Meeting the 2018 Diversity Campaign Team

“The UNESCO in 2005 stated that cultural diversity is of utmost importance for ‘the full realization human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other universally recognized instruments.”

Do you know why diversity is so important for peace?


Hello everyone!

Every year CISV focuses on one of its four content areas for peace education, giving us a chance look closer into all the dimensions each of these contents can offer. In 2017, we covered Human Rights, finding out that Human Rights is really everywhere! This year, we are jumping to Diversity, which opens a world of possibilities to discover! Are you ready?

Meet the team that will be working together through 2018 to come up with interesting content and materials to help CISVers around the world to engage in Diversity Education! We aim to spread the word on Diversity Education and to provide tools and inspiration for trainers, leaders, staffs, participants, Junior Branch, board members, and anyone else eager to learn with us! If you have any suggestions for the team, please send a message to diversity@cisv.org  



Gonzalo León (Mexico / Mexico city) 

IJB Educational Content Specialist
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless― Jaime Paolinetti






Adriana Rodrigues (Brazil / Sao Paulo)

Diversity Campaign Team Coordinator and Americas Training and Quality Assurance Delivery Team Member

“Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same” ―Angelina Jolie




Luca Trotter (Italy / Bologna & The Netherlands) 
EMEA Educational Programmes Regional Delivery Team Member (IPP/IC specialist)

I see your true colours shining through. True colors are beautiful Like a rainbow, so don’t be afraid to let them show ― Cindy Lauper



Joanne Mary (France / Paris)

Educational Programmes Committee member (IJB Team representative)

“ Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. ”— Malcolm Forbes




Marte Gjerde, Angela Parra, Maia Gartland Hoff & Nathaly Triana (Norway/ Bergen & Colombia/ Bogotá)

Kompaz Team

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You” -Dr. Seuss



Melissa Lauwers (Belgium / Newcastle) 

International Office

Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences ― M.G





Coming up next:

What does Diversity mean? Why is Diversity one of CISV’s content area for peace education? Peace & Diversity – what do they have in common?

Stay tuned!


The Diversity Campaign team

2014 was our last Year of Diversity.

Click here for a full archive of all posts from that year.

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