Month: October 2018
Diversity Program of the Month
Taste the Rainbow
|Person in charge:
||Dan, Elaine, and Luci
|Target Population: 50
||Time Needed to Organize: One Week|
|Number of People in Attendance: 50
||Date(s) of Program: October 9-10, 2018|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 3
||Cost of Program: $15|
|On-Campus Population: 7963
||Chapter Size: 22|
|Origin of Program:|
Every month, Resident Advisors are required to put on a program for their community down in
the lobby of their respective residence hall. For the month of October, Clement Hall Resident
Advisors Dan, Elaine, and Luci were tasked with the topic of "ASPECTS OF IDENTITY" for their
For the three Resident Advisors' program, they created something called "TASTE THE RAINBOW".
Since the Resident Advisors wanted to create something that was visually appealing that could
be hung up, they created this program to look like a big rainbow in the Clement Hall Lobby.
TASTE THE RAINBOW had several portions of the program, and each part focused on ensuring that
residents were well versed in talking about where they come from. The program could be about
any part of residents' identities, and the three Resident Advisors decided to focus on
different layers of what that actually means.
Since residents are sometimes not comfortable talking about their own identity, this was a
great opportunity for residents to break out of their own comfort zones and be their true
selves for the program. This program was a great twist on typical conversations related to
identity and diversity, and that was really nice seeing.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
Elaine, Luci, and Dan held TASTE THE RAINBOW in the Clement Hall Lobby on both nights in
October. For the program, they would bring residents over to their tables and ask if they
wanted a free Popsicle. Once a resident would grab a Popsicle, they would open it in front of
the three resident advisors. The following flavors and colors were: yellow (banana), green
(green apple), red (strawberry), and blue (blue raspberry).
Luci, Dan, and Elaine explained that depending on the color that the resident got, they would
be prompted with the following:
YELLOW - Something you're proud of, or an accomplishment of yours.
Residents wrote things like -- I am proud of getting into college. I am proud of the work that
I have done so far this semester. An accomplishment of mine was getting a job after looking for
an entire month.
GREEN - A goal of yours
Residents wrote things like -- Become the president of a university. Get a 4.0 GPA. Manage to
get 8 full hours of sleep a night.
RED - Someplace or something that you come from
Residents wrote things like -- I come from New York City. I am from Georgia. I come from a
BLUE - Something that you believe in
Residents wrote things like -- I believe in God. I believe in myself. I believe in the good in
Once the resident read they prompt, they were given the specific color sheet of paper and a
marker to write with. Despite there being prompts, the residents were able to be as creative as
they wanted with what they had.
After the program ended, Dan, Elaine, and Luci put up the colors to form a large rainbow in
Clement Hall Lobby. This was a nice thing to see as you passed by the lobby, especially since
it included a lot of different responses from residents living on South Campus.
TASTE THE RAINBOW was really impressive, and it was evident that Luci, Dan, and Elaine put a
lot of work and thought into the program. It was awesome seeing the rainbow hung up in Clement
Hall for the duration of the program; I believe programs like these make our residence halls
even more special. For these reasons and more, I am happy to nominate TASTE THE RAINBOW for
Diversity Program of the month, for the month of October.
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|Goals of the program:|
There were a lot of great goals that came with TASTE THE RAINBOW:
Dan, Luci, and Elaine wanted to create a program focused on diversity, but have it look at various
identities that are outside of just race and gender.
The three Resident Advisors wanted to create a program about aspects of identity that actually had
the residents think hard about where they come from and who they are.
Luci, Dan, and Elaine wanted to have this program as a way to make Clement Hall lobby look visually
better than it currently was. If residents are doing interactive programs like this, more art work
can definitely go up to brighten up the walls of our buildings.
Dan, Elaine, and Luci wanted to use this program as a way to get to know the people living in Clement
Hall. So, instead of just asking them where they are from or what they identity as, they asked more
deeper questions that allowed for the residents to think.
Residents were given the opportunity to get to know themselves as they were filling out each prompt
that they were given. If they were asked something about their identity, they could really think
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
There were many positive and lasting effects from TASTE THE RAINBOW:
A positive effect from this program is that Clement Hall lobby
continues looking great because of a program like this. As people are
walking throughout the lobby, one of the first things that they will
see is the large rainbow. I think something like this is important and
necessary because it is very welcoming for the residents.
Residents were able to think deeper about their identity, where they
come from, and some of the goals that they are trying to reach. This
can be inspiring for residents because they can now continue their
undergraduate career thinking about the different identities that
intersect in their lives.
Diversity programs like this should definitely be done more often. I
think another lasting effect is that if other paraprofessionals are
interested in doing a program that centers on identity, they can think
about the deeper meaning behind diversity and identities.
This program can definitely be displayed up for the remainder of the
semester. If residents are interested in "TASTE THE RAINBOW", they
could possibly ask questions about it and see if another could be
done, especially if they feel more motivated from this.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
TASTE THE RAINBOW was a big success:
The rainbow was nice to see in Clement Hall. I thought it was a
nice addition to the lobby and it really was aesthetically
pleasing. The bright colors with yellow, red, green, and blue
really drew a lot of residents over to see what the bulletin board
The Popsicle idea was a great addition to the program. Instead of
doing something like pizza, they really thought outside of the box
and creating this.
I enjoyed seeing residents participate during the program. While
it can sometimes be very difficult talking about our own
identities and where we come from, the prompts made it easier for
residents to be intentional about their answers.
I was happy with the outcome of the color relating to a specific
prompt. Instead of having residents pick and choose what they
responded to, they were tasked with responding to a specific
Instead of just getting surface level responses, TASTE THE RAINBOW
allowed for a diverse group of responses on many of the prompts. I
am happy to see that it was more of a free-for-all in terms of
what could and could not be said on the responses.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
TASTE THE RAINBOW can definitely be adapted to other campuses:
The program can be adapted from other campuses because of the low
cost of it. The rainbow and prompts were created from sheets that
were found in the resource room. The only amount of money that was
spent was on the Popsicles. So, if other campuses want to do
something like this, they can definitely spend even more money to
get more residents involved.
TASTE THE RAINBOW can be featured during a week long event of
programming that is centered on identity. If other campuses wanted
to inform residents about diversity and a deeper meaning of it,
they could definitely do something similar to this program.
Other campuses could give out different things, it does not just
have to be Popsicles. If there are specific candies that have one
set color, they can do that for prompts as well. This program was
a success because the residents enjoyed that Popsicles were being
offered to them at the beginning of it.
While this program took place in a residence hall lobby, other
campuses can do something in a larger space to get even more
attention from all of their students on-campus.
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