Social Emotional Learning in Diverse Community

The five blocks below define the core areas of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through a culturally responsive and culturally affirming lens. The linked activities empower youth to foster their personal and collective voice and role in diverse communities. Our activities challenge youth to discuss identity and social issues, respect others, and take generous action toward a socially just community. 


 

Youth may feel more valued and empowered when using culturally responsive, relevant, and affirming SEL activities that encourage them to connect with their strengths, discover what means most to them, and imagine ways they might contribute collaboratively to the world. See CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) for focused SEL information. 

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Social-Awareness
  • Relationship Skills 

 

Culturally Responsive SEL for Social Justice

The promise of SEL is that we develop healthy identities, relationships, and emotional intelligence. This practice includes creating safe spaces to talk with courage about what really matters and honestly confront what isn't working, like injustice and hate. The work in this set of resources was inspired by Dena Simmons, who is an expert in SEL, racial justice, and healing. 
We recommend that leaders who use these resources pre-read them, practice them, and discuss concepts with colleagues. It is important to be ready to share our own stories and be vulnerable with youth.

Refine your search by key words of themes in the culturally responsive SEL activities here.

In the blocks below, Learning to Give's full SEL content is grouped by core SEL competencies. 

Self-Awareness

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Self-Awareness

This set of culturally responsive activities develops the SEL trait of self-awareness. Self-awareness is "the ability to know the elements of your identity and culture and how these traits define you and relate to others in a diverse community. It also relates to how your strengths and limitations impact yourself and the community." Understanding others and the world requires the ability to recognize one's emotions, thoughts, and values.

Self-Management

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Self-Management

This set of culturally responsive activities develops the SEL trait of self-management. Self-management is "the ability to regulate your words and actions in how they impact the community and those around you." Regulating one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in various situations is an important part of self-management.

Responsible Decision Making

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Responsible Decision Making

This set of culturally responsive activities develops the SEL trait of responsible decision making. Responsible Decision Making is “the ability to make choices about one’s personal behavior and in advocacy for others based on data, respectfully considering the perspectives of others, or the well-being of the greater good, for today and the future.” It also includes making informed decisions about how we act and interact in light of equity, safety, social norms, and ethical standards.

Social-Awareness

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Social-Awareness

This set of culturally responsive activities develops the SEL trait of social awareness. Social awareness is "the ability to ask yourself what the needs of the community are and reflect on how the community is handling current issues either regionally or globally." Appreciating diversity, developing empathy, and respecting others are all aspects of social awareness.

Relationship Skills

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Relationship Skills

This set of culturally responsive activities develops the SEL trait of relationship skills. Relationship Skills include "the ability to give and take in the community, awareness of one another's strengths, and full participation as responsible and generous people who matter and respect others." Making and maintaining fulfilling connections with a variety of persons and groups, as well as communicating, cooperating, and negotiating conflict constructively, are all relationship skills.