Month: March 2019


Passive Program of the Month
Privilege Spotting

School: Truman State University Region: MACURH
Person in charge: Elizabeth Nickrent Nominator: Katie Finn

Target Population: 40 Time Needed to Organize: 1 week
Number of People in Attendance: Date(s) of Program: Feb 20, 2019 - March 27, 2019
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $0
On-Campus Population: 2600 Chapter Size: 26

Origin of Program:

As the year progresses into March, residents are interacting with more and more with people, forming friendships and creating memories with people they live with. With having many people living in the same building, there will be differences among these residents in their home lives, experiences, and just who they are as a person. Learning about these differences are important because it lets residents have a glimpse into different kinds of privileges. Recognizing privilege helps residents to take a step back and become allies to those who are less privileged than themselves. Not only that, but it also opens up conversations that can help create closer relationships between residents and it’s a learning experience.

Truman State University’s Student Advisor Elizabeth Nickrent, from Centennial Hall, has created a unique and fun way to teach her residents about different types of privileges with her bulletin board. Elizabeth’s bulletin board challenges residents to look more into their own privileges and others’ as well.

Word Count: 160

Please give a short description of the program:

Elizabeth’s bulletin board is titled “Privilege Spotting” and it is bird watching themed. The title is large and on the upper right hand corner of the board so that it is easily seen. The background is a watercolor painting of half of a well- drawn tree on the left side, with a bird swing hanging off one of the branches, and there is a simple, stone bird bath on the bottom right corner. There are eight different types of birds scattered around the board sitting on the tree, the swing, the ground, and a couple on the bird bath. Each bird been carefully crafted and painted realistically with watercolors. It is obvious that the birds have the correct colors and plumage for the species. The birds are also mounted on yellow paper, so that they have almost a halo around each one.

On the right side of the board above the bird bath, there is a description of the board that explains clearly what privilege is, how it’s important to learn about privilege, and how to use the board. Each bird is a flap that can be lifted up and underneath is a different type of privilege: male, white, Christian, socioeconomic status, heterosexual, cisgender, ability, and citizenship. Under the description of the board is a booklet stapled on, and it contains the picture of one of the birds and the name of the bird on each page. On each of these pages, the corresponding privilege is with the bird and gives a description of how a person might have this specific privilege. For example, one page has a picture of the robin and next to it says “Straight Privilege”. Then it says, “you might have straight privilege if…” and is followed by three bullet points describing different things that one would identify with if they had this privilege. Next to the booklet are two QR codes that can be scanned by a smartphone to watch two different Ted Talks about privilege.

Word Count: 330

Goals of the program:

The goal of the program was to give insight to residents on different types of advantages they could have. By doing this, residents can also learn that some of their peers may not have the same privileges as themselves. This opens up conversations between residents about their differences, and lets residents learn about different upbringings, thus learning about how diverse our world is. This board also aims to help residents acknowledge their privileges so that they are able to become allies for those with less privileges, and help work together to fix those prejudices that exist.

The format of the program made learning about privileges more interesting and easier to understand. It is an eye-catching way to introduce those unfamiliar with privileges and lack thereof for others, and hopefully sparks interest in many about this important social topic.

Word Count: 138

Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This bulletin board has been proven to be effective. When looking at the board, it can be seen that many people have stopped to read the information and read the booklet, because the flaps and booklet look well worn.

Within the first week or so of the board being put up, residents have stopped to look at the board and read the information provided. Even though the board has been up for a while, conversations about privileges has continued with residents while they sit with their friends in the lounge or dining hall. It is obvious that this board has made an impression of those who take a chance to absorb the information on the board.

Personally, this board impacts me as well. Reading the booklet on the board has opened my eyes to privileges that I have that I never considered privileges. It has made me more aware of advantages that I have that I should acknowledge. Since, I have realized how greatly these privileges have affected me and others around me. I have learned to appreciate more what I already have, and support those who are not as advantaged.

Word Count: 191

Short evaluation of the program:

This bulletin board for the month of March shows the caring effort and dedication that Centennial Hall Student Advisor Elizabeth Nickrent has put in to create it. It is obvious that Elizabeth is passionate about the topic of privileges and wants her own residents to be aware of them, and to be self aware of their own privileges.

Elizabeth’s board has made an impact on her residents since they have been seen reading her board thoroughly and even now, it still highly encourages them to talk about the topic. Her residents are continuing to challenge themselves on recognizing their privileges so that they can appreciate their privileges more, and be more aware when interacting with those of different backgrounds.

Anyone can see by looking at Elizabeth’s “Privilege Spotting” bulletin board for March, that a tremendous amount of effort was put in, and the board went beyond any expectations. The board was not only informational, but it was also attention-grabbing, creative, and interactive. This board is extremely deserving to be recognized for a passive program for the month of March.

Word Count: 179

How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This passive program can be easily used at other campuses and residence halls. The materials for the board itself did not cost anything and everything was easy to make. Resident Assistants can also modify the theme of the board to work for their creativity or community. It is also easy to choose from a multitude of categories of privileges, and to provide any level of information on each category to fit the needs of their community. Not everything has to be hand drawn or hand painted either. If a campus wants to make a bigger emphasis on different types of privileges and making people more aware, this is an effective way to do that because of the interactive components and the simplicity of it.

Word Count: 124

Date of entry into database: 2019-03-25 15:16:30

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