Kaleidoscope is a peer education program that gives members of the UNCG community opportunities to engage in open dialogue that promotes intergroup exchange and understanding.
The program encourages undergraduate students to take an active role in campus education around issues of multiculturalism, equity and social justice.
Using an intergroup dialogue approach, we strive to address and overcome barriers to authentic communication and challenge awareness and appreciation of difference in ourselves and in others. We recognize the importance of sharing stories and acknowledging different kinds of experiences in helping to teach and learn about ourselves and others.
By participating in engaging and sometimes difficult conversations in a supportive environment, we aim to expand understanding of multiple intersecting identities and develop strategies for creating a more inclusive community for all.
All Kaleidoscope programs are facilitated by SCOPEs (see below for more information) — Student Coordinators of Peer Education — who are undergraduate students selected and trained to facilitate dialogue around issues of social justice.
Like the instrument for which the group is named, Kaleidoscope operates on the foundation that beauty is reflected through the sum of many parts.
For Peer Educators
- To afford peer educators opportunities to clarify individual identities;
- To develop high level facilitation skill;
- 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 multicultural competence of peer educators;
- To inspire peer educators to incorporate social justice ideals into their lives after college.
For Undergraduate Participants
- To offer opportunities for fun, interactive and informative programs related to social justice topics;
- To create safe spaces for students to have honest conversation in the absence of faculty, staff or others perceived to be in positions of power;
- To challenge students to think critically about their world view; and
- 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 Request Form and we will get back to you with more information.
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 Request Form and we will get back to you with more information.
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 Request Form and we will get back to you with more information.
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.
Who are the SCOPEs?
SCOPEs — Student Coordinators of Peer Education — are undergraduate students who are selected and trained to facilitate social justice programs in residence halls, with members of Greek organizations, and elsewhere across campus. These dynamic students are passionate about issues of multiculturalism, social justice and equity. They are well-equipped to educate their peers about a wide range of topics. SCOPEs are uniquely poised among their peers to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and prompt genuine understanding and celebration of differences across campus.
Meet the SCOPEs!
Student Coordinators of Peer Education — SCOPEs
Sophomore from Greenville, NC
Major: Sports Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy
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
Super Senior from Guyana, South America
Hobbies: Swimming, Traveling, Dancing, Going to Church
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Many are attracted to social service – the rewards are immediate, the gratification quick. But if we have social justice, we won’t need social service” Julian Bond
Junior from Asheville, North Carolina
Major: Mathematics and Women’s and Gender Studies
Hobbies: Art, crafting, sleeping and eating
Junior from Rhode Island
Hobbies: Socializing, Dancing, Working out, Performing, Intellectual conversations, Trying to save the world.
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “You may write me down in history, with your bitter twisted lies, you may trout me down to the very dirt but still like dust I’ll rise” Maya Angelou
Senior from Charlottesville, VA
Major: Social Work
Minor: HDFS and Deaf Studies
Hobbies: Reading, Poetry, Volunteering
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world.” James Baldwin
Senior from Queens, NY
Minor: ASL and HDFS
Hobbies: Dancing, Reading, Listening to Music
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” Marianne Williamson
From Lumberton, NC
Major: Kinesiology-Community and Youth Sport Development
Hobbies: Sports, Reading the News, and working with youth
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good.” Philip Gourevitch
Senior from Chapel Hill, NC
Minor: Women & Gender Studies
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Hobbies: Singing, Writing Poetry, Traveling
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.