Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Dr Zane Ma Rhea
Lecturer and Consultant, National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity,
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

The Diversity Game

The workshop will introduce participants to an innovative diversity tool. The developer of the game will be presenting the session. The tool is a card game consisting of 100 cards played like a regular game of pick up and put down.
The aim is to introduce participants to the complex interplay of subjectivities that go to make up identity and give one power or not in a given society. It further aims to facilitate insight into the famous 'structure/agency' debates by offering the participants the opportunity to see how the individual choices made by a group can and do reconfigure structural rules while the conceptual frame and power of structures can and do inhibit expressions of personal power.
It is an ideal icebreaker game for introducing diversity concepts to a group, for exploring a particular issue and opening up discussions in an enjoyable while challenging way.
Zane has developed The Diversity Game over a number of year and has used it successfully in corporate, education and community settings.

Dr Zane Ma Rhea works at the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity, Swinburne University of Technology. She crosses higher education and corporate spheres, facilitating courses to conducting research about the management and leadership of diversity in Australia.

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop

Equipment Requirements:
Data Projector


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001