Month: May 2017
Diversity Program of the Month
||Southern Oregon University
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 30
||Time Needed to Organize: 40hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: 20
||Date(s) of Program: 5/9/2017-5/11/2017|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: $40|
|On-Campus Population: 1100
||Chapter Size: 20|
|Origin of Program:|
The idea of #PictureThis originates from a programming session attended
by NRHH delegate, Luke Yeates, at the 2016 PACURH Annual Leadership
Conference at USC. The program has been adapted to fit the building and
campus climate in which it took place.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
#PictureThis was a two-part, multi-day event that took place on
the 3rd floor lobby of Shasta Hall at Southern Oregon University.
The first part of the program was a passive conversation where
residents used sticky notes to respond to images posted around the
lobby. Each image was open source or used with permission and was
carefully selected to represent a current event, controversial
issue, or oppressed identity(s). Additionally, all the images had
a question attached to them that acted as a conversation starter.
The 27 selected images covered topics ranging from police
brutality to cultural appropriation, the power of protest to queer
women of color, male and female beauty standards to the use of
gendered titles for certain professions (waiter/waitress).
In order to promote a safe and engaging learning environment, an
email was sent to residents and a poster was hung in the space of
the event that described the program, gave guidelines and ground
rules for discussion, and offered resources if any participants
felt triggered by the images. Additionally, each hung image was
attached with "#PictureThis" so that residents would understand
that it was part of a program and placed there deliberately.
After the images had been hung for several days and residents had
a chance to look at them and respond, the second part of the
program took place. This was a live discussion about the images
facilitated by the coordinators of the Queer Resource Center and
the Multicultural Resource Center as well as the Associate
Director of Student Life. All of the images were put in a digital
format so that they could be displayed on a TV while they were
discussed. This was a "resident-led" discussion; meaning,
residents who attended brought to attention photos and comments
that they were interested in or affected by. The facilitators
really helped us break down the images, the messages behind them,
and why they were progressive or problematic. Through this
discussion, residents were exposed to new ways of thinking and new
perspectives on current issues or the struggles of others.
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|Goals of the program:|
The two parts of #PictureThis had differing goals. Part I of the
program aimed to expose residents to many issues and perspectives.
Residents were encouraged to take their time viewing and
responding to images. The passive nature of this part of the
program allowed residents to express their thoughts and feelings
through an uncommon medium (sticky notes). Additionally, those who
are shyer and typically would not participate in group discussion
had the opportunity to anonymously engage free of the pressures of
a group setting.
Part II of the program aimed to expose residents to the above
issues at a deeper level. The discussion facilitators aided in
diving very deep into the images and looking at them from multiple
angles and viewpoints. Residents were presented with topics that
challenged them and gave them the power to learn.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Residents who attended the discussion section of the program reported
that they had a better understanding of identity and
intersectionality based issues. Additionally, residents were
empowered to use inclusive language and intervene as a bystander if
they see injustice taking place.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
#PictureThis attempted to gather and display images regarding a
wide variety of topics and issues. While the images were certainly
diverse, there is always the opportunity to gather more and
incorporate more discussion points into the program.
The program was very visible with residents and throughout the
building. This created a "buzz" with residents and got them having
conversations with their friends about what they saw.
An improvement to the program could be to lengthen the time that
the images are hung. If they are hung for longer, residents will
have more opportunity to participate as they can fit it in their
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
In adapting this program to other campuses, it is important to
keep in mind individual campus climate and the resources available
to students. The goal of the program should continue to be to
expose residents to new perspectives and inclusive language
techniques but they way that is achieved may look different. The
images used in #PictureThis were hung in the lobby space "gallery
style" and the lobby looked somewhat like an art museum.
Depending on the space available, the images could be displayed in
different ways. For example, they could be dispersed throughout
the building or delivered to individual residents at their doors.
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