Month: October 2017
Diversity Program of the Month
|Person in charge:
||Pamela Chong and Daniel Mckeown
|Target Population: 100
||Time Needed to Organize: One Week|
|Number of People in Attendance: 100
||Date(s) of Program: October 6, 2017|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 2
||Cost of Program: $0|
|On-Campus Population: 7638
||Chapter Size: 38|
|Origin of Program:|
The Clement IdentiTREE was created as an October program by two Resident Assistants
at SUNY Buffalo: Pamela and Daniel. Resident Assistants at SUNY Buffalo are required to
put together programs for their residents throughout the academic year. The programs
must relate to a certain topic, and Dan and Pam were assigned “Aspects of Identity” for
the month of October.
If a resident is struggling with their identity, they can fully understand that they are not
alone and that people around them are just like them. This program celebrates diverse
groups of identities throughout our great residence halls.
Since October can sometimes be a month where people use costumes as a way to
appropriate different cultures, this was a great use of a program to understand that people
are more than just their race, gender, or sexuality. Since it’s the month of October, Pamela
and Dan able to create a program that ensure residents go to know the people around
The IdentiTREE is a large interactive program that now stands tall in the Clement Hall
lobby thanks to these two resident assistants. They wanted to ensure that an intentional
program was created for everyone on South Campu to enjoy.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
On October 6th, Dan and Pamela placed a table with different cut outs made from
construction paper. As residents walked by the table in Clement Hall, they were able to
see what Pam and Dan were providing them with. Each shape was for a specific part of
the IdentiTREE. These things included: Trunk – Aspects of your life that are quite
permanent life structures.Roots – What are some of your life influences and beliefs?
Leaves – What are some unique life experiences that have had an impact on you and
your life?Fruit – What are your achievements?Buds – What are your ideas and hopes
for the future? What is your potential?Flowers – What makes you special? What are
All together, these different cut outs created a giant tree for residents to see as they
walked through the Clement Hall lobby. The tree had a lot of different responses from
residents and it looks fantastic in the lobby.
Some things that residents provided on the tree include: I am proud of finding a home
away from home. I was born in Brunei. I am proud that I am motivated to be the best
that I can be. I identify as bisexual. My grit makes me special, I am ambitious, and I am
proud to be committed to my goals. I am proud to be bisexual.
Another part of the Clement IdentiTREE included a sheet with puzzle pieces. The sheet
was called “What Traits Complete You?” and it had different identities that residents
could color in like: Muslim, Black, Non-binary, Nerd, and Atheist. Having this sort of
activity is great for residents to fully understand the different types of identities that
anyone can be proud of. Dan and Pam handed this sheet out for residents to do while
they were handing out toilet paper in the lobby. Since a lot of residents get toilet paper
throughout the night, this was really an easy way to get residents to participate in the
Residents were proud to talk about their achievements, their goals, and the things they
identify as. This program was great to get residents to open up about their own self and
see the things their neighbors in Clement Hall are proud of. For these reasons and
more, I believe that Clement Identitree is deserving of an OTM for Diversity Program of
the month for the month of October.
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|Goals of the program:|
Pamela and Dan had great goals that they wanted to meet from doing this program:
- Pam and Dan wanted to ensure that residents understood the different identities that
people had throughout Clement Hall.
- They wanted to put together a great diversity program that really highlighted the
identities of those on our very own campus. Throughout South Campus there are a lot
of diverse groups of students, and this identity tree really proves that.
- Residents were able to showcase some of the life achievements that they are proud
of. This includes: getting into college and being hired as a Resident Assistant.
- They both wanted to create an artistic program that allowed residents to interact and
get involved for the night that the program was put on.
- With the “What Traits Complete You?” sheet, Pam and Dan wanted to be sure that a
lot of residents were given this sheet. By putting it with their toilet paper, many residents
were provided the sheet throughout the entire night.
- Pam and Dan wanted to ensure that residents were aware that it is ok and should be
encouraged that people celebrate the different identities that they relate to.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
There were many positive and lasting effects that came from this program:
- Residents can now see how diverse the group of students are that live in Clement
- Since residents had different identities on the tree, a resident reading it might find
comfort in knowing that there are other residents that identify as the same thing that
they would. Doing this can definitely build community for the entire Clement Hall.
- The Identity Tree is still up in Clement Hall, so residents can now view a beautiful
creation made by them throughout the entire academic school year.
- Residents are now aware of the different identities that some of their neighbors have in
their very own residence hall.
- I think this program should definitely be done throughout other residence halls. Seeing
something like this done that can show the representation of residents is a great thing. If
this type of program was showcased throughout UB, then others would be very aware
of diversity and identities.
- Other RAs can create programs that are similar to this in Clement Hall if they wanted
to. If they were inspired by this program then they could do something similar.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
This program was a big success:
- All the goals were met. - A lot of residents added to the tree throughout the night. If
you were able to see it you would see how diverse the groups of students are at
- The tree was full of different identities that some residents identified as.
- The “What Traits Complete You” sheet was also a big hit. Since Dan and Pam gave it
out inside separate toilet paper rolls a lot of residents have the opportunity to complete it
whenever they want. - It was really cool seeing residents being comfortable talking
about some of the identities that they care about. It can sometimes take a lot to be open
about who you are, but I thought it was very inspiring to see residents encourage others
to be open and honest.
- While some residents put stuff that dealt with their race, sexuality, or gender, other
residents wrote down different things like their major, or whether they were a brother or
- Overall, the tree looks fantastic. I’m glad it is able to stay up for the residents to see
throughout the academic school year.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
- If Pam and Dan wanted to, they could have made this program into a giant bulletin
board. The interactive aspect would really have encouraged residents to participate
throughout the month with their fellow students.
- If other campuses want to do something similar to this then they can easily collaborate
with different organizations on campus that deal with identity and diversity.
- Other campuses could literally do the same exact program that Dan and Pam put on.
The paper that they used came from their resource room, so other campuses would be
able to save a lot of money doing something like this program.
- This took place in the Clement lobby, so as residents walked by they were able to ask
for residents to participate in the program. If other campuses utilized their open spaces
then a lot of students would be able to do the program as well.
- If other campuses want to create a discussion aspect from the identity tree then they
could ask for professional staff members to assist with facilitating it. Difficult
conversations could come from this great topic, so having people who are
knowledgeable about it definitely would be very useful.
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