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.

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.

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:

Looking for U: This program was designed for FFL courses or courses incorporating the 2016 Keker First Year Common Read “Looking for Palestine”.

BEADS Project (Be Educated About Diversity & Social justice): An introduction to diversity and social justice.

Many Sides of Me: Exploring social identities and their complexities.

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.

Featured Standard Presentations

Looking for U*

During this presentation we will examine the prejudices and stereotypes that students in your class are This program was designed for FFL courses or courses incorporating the 2016 Keker First Year Common Read “Looking for Palestine”.

BEADS Project (Be Educated About Diversity & Social justice)*

An introduction to diversity and social justice.

Many Sides of Me*

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.

Who Can Say What?**

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.

Where Are You From?**

This program is centered around microaggressions, identifying what they are and how to address them.

Writings on the Wall**

In this program, participants will explore assumptions and stereotypes in-depth.

Wearing Your P-shirt**

This program explores the many different types of privilege.

*These programs are designated low-risk programs. Participants will be introduced broadly to concepts and/or requires basic level of trust developed between participants
**These programs are designated mid- to high-risk programs. Participants should have some prior exposure and discussion about the topic and/or requires established level of trust developed between participants as they will engage in deep, open discussion.

 

 

Meet the Student Coordinators of Peer Education — SCOPEs!

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Kristina Bowers
Kristina
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Major/minor: WGS, English/Minor: History
From: Asheville, NC
Hobbies: Travelling, reading, rock climbing, and playing guitar & ukelele
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.” – Neil Gaiman

Emma Cartwright
Emma
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: School Social Work
From: Minneapolis, MN
Hobbies: traveling, reading, hiking, laying in my hammock and volunteering
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

Jocelyn Chadwick
Jocelyn
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Social Work
From: Kentucky
Hobbies: Netflix and poker
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background ,or his religion. People must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, They can be taught to love.For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” -Nelson Mandela

Itané Coleman
Itane
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Double major in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration and African American and African Diaspora Studies
From: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: Netflix, online shopping, hanging out with friends, and trying new restaurants and smoothies
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “We do not have to simply accept inequality. We can choose a different future.” – Melissa Harris-Perry

Kelly Jackson
KellyJ
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Biology
From: Maxton, NC
Hobbies: Enjoying what nature has to offer
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Bryan Stevenson

André Jordan, Jr.
Andre
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major/minor: Political Science (Pre-Law)/Theatre
From:
Hobbies:
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington

Arianne Ouedraogo
Arianne
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: International Business and Political Science (pre-law)
From: Burkina Faso, raised in Greensboro, NC
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “The existence of your neighbor’s pain is not dependent upon your belief in it. And we cannot improve a situation that we don’t acknowledge. Learning from patterns is both basic and critical to the progress of human ‘civilization’.” –Jesse Williams.

Anna Poteat
Anna
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Geography
From: Greensboro, NC
Hobbies: Reading, spending time in book stores, hiking, spending time with my dogs
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “If we choose not to get involved or pretend it’s not happening, we’re going against the very sense of connection that makes us human.” ― Brené Brown

Tamika Smith
Tamika
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Human Development and Family studies/ Psychology minor
From: Boston, MA
Hobbies: reading, social media, and volunteering
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”- MLK

Eric Toler
Eric
Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Major: Women’s and Gender Studies
From: Whiteville, NC
Hobbies: painting, reading, watching horror movies
Favorite social justice quote: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis

Tahjma VanBuren
Tahjma
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Human Development and Family Studies/African American Diaspora Studies
From: Charlotte, NC
Hobbies: watching documentaries, going to museums, and exploring small businesses in the Greensboro area
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.” -Huey Newton

Shukti “Sara” Verma
Sara
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: Computer Science
From: Greensboro, NC
Hobbies: I like to run, listen to music, and spend time with friends and family
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “Your life is your message to the world, make sure its inspiring”

Niesha Williams
Niesha
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major/minor: African American and African Diaspora Studies and English
From: North Carolina
Hobbies: writing, singing, research, speaking, reading, and sleeping
Favorite Social Justice Quote: “United we stand, divided we fall.”