Month: July 2018


Diversity Program of the Month
Real Talk Live

School: University of South Florida Region: SAACURH
Person in charge: Zachary Hyder Nominator: Gia Rivellini

Target Population: 200 Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 200 Date(s) of Program: July 10th, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 4-5 Cost of Program: Free
On-Campus Population: 5400 Chapter Size: 54

Origin of Program:

At the University of South Florida (USF), there is a heavy focus on social justice and educating students on how to be more culturally aware. USF Housing and Residential Education acknowledges that many of our students and residents come from very diverse upbringings and provides us the space we need to put on events that allow us to raise awareness of both cultural and social issues relevant to college aged individuals. Real Talk Live has been a tradition on USF's campus since 2015 and has continued to happen each semester. Students started this program in response to the police brutality that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri four years ago. The purpose of Real Talk Live serves as an intentional opportunity for students to learn and engage with each other as well as with USF Faculty in a dialogue around issues of social justice and equity. This stems from the great amount of want from USF students who care to talk about and acknowledge important issues affecting others in our society.

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Please give a short description of the program:

Real Talk Live was streamed via Facebook and aired simultaneously on the USF Housing television channel. One week prior to the event, fliers were posted in each pod of our Summer-B residence halls to increase awareness and attendance for the discussion night. On July 10th, Resident Assistants (RA's) did a residential round up 10 minutes prior to the live stream and gathered their students to do a watch party in their retrospective common spaces. This helped to stimulate and encourage conversation among the residents as the Talk progressed and made it easier for them to interact with the guests on the show. While the hour and fifteen minute stream aired, RA's and their residents posed questions to the guests on the show via Facebook and they were answered in real time as they were received.

Our Summer-B 2018 Real Talk Live focused on unpacking the topics of bias, intolerance, oppression, and privilege. To better help residents understand these topics, USF Housing and Residential Education brought two campus partners as guests on the show: Jerry Staples from our Office of Multicultural Affairs and Dr. Vonzell Agosto from the USF College of Education. Jerry and Dr. Agosto started the segment with broad and surface level definitions of the topics listed above, and then used their experiences with the subjects to allow residents to better understand how they come into play in daily life and conversations. Residents also learned how they can recognize and combat bias, intolerance, oppression, and privilege in a way that educates others to refrain from the continued practice of said subjects. As a way to break up the segments throughout the Talk, there were periods of brief commercial breaks that highlighted other diversity events USF puts on throughout the academic year to further educate residents on how USF seeks to make our students aware of social justice practices.

After Real Talk Live concluded, RA's did a period of debrief with residents to gauge how they were feeling and what they learned from the program.

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Goals of the program:

USF places a heavy emphasis on global citizenship and cultural competence as we are a very diverse campus. The expectation of a program of this nature is that it allows students to discover new identities while expanding their knowledge on subjects they may or may not already have experience in. Real Talk Live set the goal of helping residents to develop an understanding of intolerance, bias, privilege, and oppressions and how we can unpack these subjects as they unfold in front of us. Real Talk Live also aimed to get residents in a more comfortable position to talk about subjects that may or may not be uncomfortable to discuss with others of both similar and different backgrounds.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

USF Real Talk Live is one of those programs that truly gets residents thinking along the lines of long term change. We all come into college in different stages of understanding social justice and topics that fall into its purview and Real Talk Live helps level that playing field. A majority of our Summer-B population was freshmen in composition and Real Talk Live exposed them to subjects they may be unfamiliar with and it will continue to do so in the future. Due to the challenging nature of its subject matter, Real Talk Live inspires people to combat social injustice and keep each other accountable for their actions and speech which minimizes problematic behavior here at USF. Real Talk Live will continue to be a tradition that Housing and Residential Education promotes as it shows our residents injustice will not be tolerated within our residence halls.

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Short evaluation of the program:

The Summer 2018 Real Talk Live was successful in that it educated our Summer-B population on extremely relevant issues occurring on and off campus to this day. While the on campus population is much smaller than what it typically is during the Fall and Spring semesters, Real Talk Live still saw a tremendous turnout throughout all three residence halls that were in collaboration with this event. The use of our on campus partners showed residents that social justice is a campus wide initiative and that USF strives to achieve cultural competency and tolerance of all. Above all, the Summer 2018 Real Talk Live created a safe space for residents to express their ideas and discuss new ones with their peers in a judgement free zone which is important when discussing subjects of this nature.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

Real Talk Live is something that can be taken on by any campus that wants to increase its social justice movement. The use of Facebook Live made the program extremely accessible to all populations which means it can easily be filmed and broadcast on other campuses. What makes the program so adaptable is that it can focus on issues relevant to the specific campus that is trying to adopt the program which basically means they can focus on whatever social issues are unique to their population.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-07-30 21:46:24

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