Kaleidoscope



Our Mission

Kaleidoscope is a peer education program that promotes intergroup communication and understanding about diversity, equity, and social justice. Kaleidoscope gives members of the UNCG community opportunities to engage in open dialogue across diverse experiences and perspectives about these topics through interactive programs and workshops.

By participating in engaging and sometimes difficult conversations and interactions in a supportive environment, the Kaleidoscope program aims to expand understanding of multiple intersecting identities and develop strategies for effective and appropriate interactions across differences to foster a more inclusive community for all communities at UNC-Greensboro.

Like the instrument for which the group is named, Kaleidoscope operates on the foundation that beauty is reflected through the sum of many parts.

Who are the SCOPEs?

All Kaleidoscope programs are facilitated by SCOPEs — Student Coordinators of Peer Education — who are undergraduate students selected and trained to facilitate diversity and social justice education workshops across campus. These dynamic students are passionate about issues of identity development, social justice and equity. They are well-equipped to engage their peers in examining topics relating to race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation, privilege, oppression and advocacy. SCOPEs are uniquely poised among their peers to raise awareness and prompt authentic intergroup communication and understanding about diversity, equity, and social justice.

Program Goals

  • To raise awareness about complexities of diversity, equity, and process of social justice.
  • To promote intergroup communication and understanding to interact effectively and appropriately across difference identities;
  • To strengthen positive relationships amongst diverse identity groups within the UNC-Greensboro community.

For Peer Educators

  • To afford peer educators opportunities to clarify individual identities and personal understanding of other identities and experiences;
  • To develop high level facilitation skills;
  • To provide an intellectual space for students who value social justice to unite;
  • To form a supportive network with other peer facilitators across campus;
  • To enhance leadership skills and intercultural competence of peer educators;
  • To inspire peer educators to incorporate social justice ideals into their lives after college.

For Undergraduate Participants

  • To offer fun, interactive, and informative learning opportunities related to social justice topics;
  • To have a safe space to have honest conversations and interactions across different experiences and perspectives;
  • To challenge students to think critically about their respective identities and world view, and those of their peers;
  • To meet students where they are, literally — within residence hall communities, Greek enclaves, club meetings, etc. — and figuratively, in order to maximize their satisfaction with the Kaleidoscope experience.

Interested? Please submit a Program Request Form and we will get back to you with more information. (We will reopen program request in Fall 2016)

For Students

Bring Kaleidoscopes to you residence hall or student organization!

The Kaleidoscope programs are a great way to generate discussion around topics of diversity and social justice. Our introductory presentations provide the initial step to engaging in dialogue in many settings. Whether you are an RA or an officer in a student organization, we can meet your needs. You may either request one of our standard programs or contact us about developing something specifically for your group.

Please submit a Program Request Form  and we will get back to you with more information. (We will reopen program request in Fall 2016)

For Faculty and Staff

We offer an array of interactive and engaging presentations that we can bring into the classroom, staff meeting, student organization meetings, etc.

All of our presentations are facilitated by our SCOPEs (Student Coordinators of Peer Education, see below for more information). They are undergraduate students who are selected and trained to facilitate social justice programs in the classroom and elsewhere across campus. These dynamic students are passionate about issues of multiculturalism, social justice, and equity; are well-equipped to educate their peers about a wide range of topics.

The following three presentations were designed for first year students and audience seeking an introduction to social justice topics:

Topic A: Exploring Prejudice: Multiple Perspectives on a Classic Problem

Topic B: Crash: The Movie – Re-examining Race in the Age of Colorblindness

Topic C: Many Sides of Me: Introduction to Social Identity and Privilege

For a description for each of these and other standard presentations please see Featured Standard Presentations and Past Tailored Presentations below. Please keep in mind that these three are introductory level presentations meant to expose students to topics of multiculturalism and social justice only superficially given the time constraint.

Please submit a Program Request Form and we will get back to you with more information. (We will reopen program request in Fall 2016)

Featured Standard Presentations

Exploring Prejudice: Multiple Perspectives on a Classic Problem*

During this presentation we will examine the prejudices and stereotypes that students in your class are aware of and may even hold themselves. The personal and interpersonal impact of these attitudes will be referenced. Finally, the role of attitudes in maintaining systems of oppression will be introduced.

Crash: The Movie – Re-examining Race in the Age of Colorblindness*

This presentation makes use of the award-winning film Crash to examine the topic of race relations in contemporary American society. Using carefully chosen scenes from the film, peer facilitators will help the class discuss the origin, impact and consequences of modern racism today.

Many Sides of Me: Introduction to Social Identity and Privilege*

This presentation will examine the importance of different social identity categories, such as gender, sexual orientation, class and race, in shaping our experience. Personal and interpersonal dimensions will be discussed and issues of intersectionality and privilege will be introduced.

Social Justice 101*

This is a great foundational program to introduce various concepts and terminology about social justice. The primary focus of the program is providing a baseline understanding of privilege in American society, particularly White privilege. Participants will be involved in engaging activities and enlightening discussion.

Who Can Say What?: Offensiveness, Inclusion and Language

This program examines the offensive ways that people of different identity groups are addressed. The program questions political correctness and encourages students to find common language to discuss diversity issues at UNCG and beyond.

Spartanville: Building Community and Understanding Power and Privilege 

This program is an interactive simulation that exemplifies the ways power and privilege show up in our community. How are resources distributed in our community? Does hard work and determination always pay off? What are the obstacles some groups face in trying to succeed? We engage in dialogue about systems that perpetuate inequality and what we can do to move towards a more just society and build community. People of all identities are welcome, we invite you to bring your whole selves to this experience.

Past Tailored Presentations

Baking Gender Roles: The Ingredients That Create Sexism Across Identities

“Image Wars: How Consumerism is Killing the American Dream”

“Which Side Are You On?”: Gender Identity in Sports

Good Hair in the Workplace: Race, Style, and the Corporate World

“What Are You?”: Growing Up with Mixed Racial Identity

Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Moss: How Culture and Power Shape Perceptions of the Body

Mad Sexy: The Intersections of Race and Gender in the Television Program, “Glee.”

‘The Pursuit of Happyness’: A Conversation on Hunger and Homelessness in the United States

Black History Month: Still Needed? Still Relevant?

The African Diaspora

Girls Gone Wild… and Guys too! Race and Gender in the Popular Media

Multicultural Perspectives on the Student Code of Conduct

Pillow Talk: Identity Beyond Race and Ethnicity

*These programs are primarily targeted towards first year students and audiences seeking an introductory exposure to the topic.

 

 

Meet the SCOPEs!

SCOPES Fall 2015

 

Student Coordinators of Peer Education — SCOPEs

 

 

AngelicaAngelica Knight

Sophomore from Greenville, NC

Major: Sports Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies: Video games/Comic Books, Dancing, writing, and Singing

Favorite Social Justice Quote: “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” Marcus Garvey

 

 

DSCN3717James Page

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Rowland, NC

Major: Communications

Minor: Media Studies/Business

Hobbies: I enjoy acting, blogging, politics, and cars

Quote: “If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?” Sojourney Weaver

 

 

kellyKelly Jackson

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Maxton, N.C.

Major: Biology

Hobbies: Enjoying what nature has to offer.

Quote: “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Bryan Stevenson