Month: September 2018


Social Program of the Month
Dive Into Going Green

School: University of South Florida Region: SAACURH
Person in charge: Hailley Nieves Nominator: Hailley Nieves

Target Population: 20 Time Needed to Organize: 1 month
Number of People in Attendance: 15 Date(s) of Program: September 9, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $37
On-Campus Population: 6200 Chapter Size: 62

Origin of Program:

Residential Assistant Hailley Nieves first initiated the Movies in the Water program in Spring 2017 as an initiative to get residents engaged with both talking about and immersing themselves in the environment. Hosted by the Green LLC this program came to life through the demand of residents wanting to have fun discussing controversial environmental issues. The reason an oceanic documentary was chosen for this event is because it goes along with the theme of individuals interacting with an environment that they don’t interact with on a daily basis. The documentary was also chosen based on a majority vote so that the residents had a say in what they were watching.

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Please give a short description of the program:

The Green LLC hosted their third annual Movies in the Water event September 9th, 2018 in order to get the residents bonding together and engaging in activities to support their sustainable life style as well as discuss controversial environmental issues. Resident Assistant Hailley led this event with the residents first participating in fun physical events like water volleyball and Marco Polo. The residents who did not want to participate in the physical swimming were welcomed to the fresh fruit and healthy snacks provided as well as participating in some cute but educational debates like “Which animal would be more missed if it went extinct: Sharks or Manatees?” No matter what the conversation was everyone was honest and respectful with how they spoke to one another. Another activity they all engaged in before the movie started was a “Miss it or Diss it” discussion. Basically the residents were asked “If one thing from the environment disappeared forever what would you miss the most and why?” There were some amazingly thought provoking and genuine answers like saving the coral reefs or certain avian species. The common sentiment held by all of them, however, was all of the passion they held for preventing the environmental thing they loved. The documentary played was Blackfish and showed a very biased view of how cruel the orca whales were treated at facilities like SeaWorld. The residents discussed through the movie the emotions they were feeling, what they agreed and disagreed with, but most importantly what they felt like were the best solutions for places like Seaworld. Resident Assistant Hailley was able to help the residents push past superficial conversations about just making a different in the world and really talk to everyone about what they thought was wrong and possible solutions to fix these environmental problems. They all made the comparison that being in the confined space of the pool while watching the movie felt very similar to probably how those orcas whales feel about being contained. Overall the event lasted about 3 hours and the residents left learning more about mammal containment problems and more about each other.

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Goals of the program:

The goals of the program were to provide an in person and physical learning experience that helped facilitate hard conversations like whale containment, environmental conservation, and even pollution. It allowed residents who had a previous interest in learning how to live a green and sustainable life, but who never had a chance to get that experience, to really expand their knowledge. It also allowed residents to engage in serious yet fun debates with each other in a fun, safe, comfortable space. It was really important that every single person that attended left with some sort of new knowledge and respect for the environment and the creatures that live among us.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

The friendships that were made came stemmed from everyone's common love for the environment as well as inside jokes and topics discussed throughout the course of the event. The Green LLC also adopted its very first mascot, SharkBait, who is the cutest little beta fish. Resident Assistant Hailley started a continued system called “Suite of the Week” where a different suite is assigned to feed SharkBait twice a day for that week so that it teaches community bonding as well as social responsibility that keeps an organism living in water alive. Since the event residents continue to have these debates and discussions about their own positions on how to keep the world a greener and happier place for not just humans but all animals.

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Short evaluation of the program:

The program as a whole was even better than one could have hoped it to be. All of the residents who attended were so actively engaged and gave so many great ideas on how to better serve both the USF and Maple community with spreading the idea of having documentary viewings once a month on a different environmental topic. This year was the highest attendance rate for the event with about 15 people showing up and all actively participating. Next time it would be smart to bring bug spray for all of the ants around the pool, but everyone was a really good sport about it. We also took a bunch of community photos to document the event and they’re all hanging up on the community memory wall.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could be adapted to other campuses that have any access to pool or large body of water. All that’s needed is a projector and a documentary/movie of choice. For example any topic or theme could be addressed concerning any field of study from nursing, to ROTC, to even LGBTQ+ the possibilities are really endless. So the ROTC LLC could potentially put on a war movie and discuss the effects of how experiencing so traumatic can effect people who have never been exposed to things of that nature. The Resident Assistant leading it should come prepared with questions for the residents and topics of debates just incase it takes the residents a little longer to get comfortable with talking. I can see this kind of program being presented at any campus across the country because it combines people’s love for chilling in the pool as well as learning.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-09-30 22:58:01

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