10 Activities for Building Community in Virtual Spaces

My grandmother Sylvia meeting my daughter for the first time in 2010.

Storytelling Prompts

  • Tell us about a family member, living or dead, who has had an important impact on your life.
  • Tell us a story about something kind you did for another person, or, tell us a story about something kind another person did for you.
  • Share a food memory that is connected to a family custom or tradition.
  • Talk about joy. When was the last time you felt joyful? Tell us the story.
  • Share a story about a time when you did something challenging that took a lot of courage? Or share about something a friend, family, or colleague did that you considered to be really brave.

Two Truths and a Lie

Just Like Me

  • This person gets sad sometimes, just like me…
  • This person brings joy to others, just like me…
  • This person is under pressure, just like me…
  • This person Is super powerful, just like me…
  • This person feels far away from a loved one, just like me…
  • This person has fears, just like me, just like me…
  • [Does anyone in the group want to add any?]

Treasure Hunt

3 of the many books from the Black Lives Matter bookshelf that are read by celebrities, activists, and artists.

Black Lives Matter Bookshelf

Which two words best describe how you’re feeling right now?

Mood Chart

Awards Ceremony

  • Brightens The Day
  • Did Something Caring
  • Went Out Of Their Way To Help
  • Supported Me on a Challenging Project
  • Is Inspirational

Breakout Quotes

That’s Me

  • I ate something delicious last weekend
  • I have taken a few meditative or mindful moments in the past week
  • Someone in this group did something kind for me recently
  • There are some things going on in my personal or family life that are weighing heavily on my heart today
  • I experienced negative treatment because of my identity in a previous workplace (or class)

Billboard Chart

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Jonathan Osler writes about educational equity and racial justice. He’s a longtime educator, organizational leader, and fundraising / communications strategist.

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