Month: April 2019
Diversity Program of the Month
||Colorado School of Mines
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 3000
||Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks to a month|
|Number of People in Attendance: 80
||Date(s) of Program: April 26, 2019|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 7
||Cost of Program: 1517.8|
|On-Campus Population: 1200
||Chapter Size: 0|
|Origin of Program:|
"Southside Showcase was originally an idea of resident assistant
Darenton Randall. Colorado School of Mines puts a large importance
on components of STEM, so Darenton wanted to create an event that
celebrates and showcases the many talents of Mines students. There
existed a component of many student’s lives that is not always
showcased in the realm of STEM education that needed to be
displayed. The program was intended to have two main components from
its conception, including an art gallery and live performance area.
Darenton’s vision became a reality after speaking about it at staff
meetings and other residence life functions. With a team of six
total resident assistants, and the support and assistance from
residence life coordinators and various residence life staff
members, the vision became a reality!!
Planning for the program spanned approximately one month, which
included the securing of a location, advertising, acquiring various
pieces of equipment (e.g. lights, microphone stands, etc.), and
execution. Since the program was intended to have an outdoor
component, Southside Showcase was postponed by one week from its
original time due to inclement weather. On the day of the program,
there was additional assistance from other members of residence
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
"There are two main components of Southside Showcase,
including an art gallery walk and live performances. The program
begins with a sign-in station and light refreshments, which is
located within the gallery walk. The gallery walk is set up in an
indoor open social space, allowing people to sit or walk around.
The live performances occur for approximately two hours after the
hour-long gallerwalk, bringing the total time of this event to
approximately three hours.
Within the gallery walk, there are pieces of art that
Mines students have created, ranging from photos, paintings, and
origami. All are placed on tables or affixed to walls, with
descriptive cards placed near each piece. A few pieces of art
were donated by members of the Department of Residence Life, to be
raffled off. Each person in attendance is given a slip of paper
to write their names on, and is allowed to put their name in a
raffle to win art-themed prizes. Each piece is then placed in a
bag which is then raffled from...
The live performance area utilizes a sound system,
courtesy of Mines Internet Radio, and is located in the same
location of the gallery walk. An array of multi-color LED
floodlights surround the stage, which are controlled by a remote.
Each performer has the option to change the lights to any
configuration they would like for their performance. Performers
are provided microphones,, music stand, and chair to utilize in
their performances. Throughout the live performances, winners for
the raffle of the prizes are periodically selected. A message
about support, inclusion, and diversity is stated by the emcee,
Darenton Randall, reinforcing that all performers’ talents are
worth celebrating! From here, glow sticks are handed out to
attendees, and the live performances follow.
Performances of all kinds are encouraged, including
juggling, singing, and playing various instruments. A sign up was
provided in the weeks leading up to the Southside Showcase. With
that being said, open-mic performances are encouraged and allowed
from the attendees!
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|Goals of the program:|
"The purpose of Southside Showcase was to cultivate an environment
where residents were able to showcase what they truly felt made
them special. The residence life staff at Colorado School of Mines
aspires to assist the campus in being a place where students can
come and be themselves. With this in mind, resident assistant
Darenton Randall delivered a short speech at the beginning of the
live performance section of Southside Showcase.
Darenton Randall mandated that there will be no booing nor
negative talk about anyone during any part of their performance.
He also required the audience to give equivalent amounts of praise
after each performer’s act - this mitigated open favoritism, which
alleviated performers potentially feeling that their talent was
less in value than others.
Along with providing a supporting environment, another goal of the
program was to give students of Colorado School of Mines a chance
to provide attention to the artistic side of themselves. Colorado
School of Mines is an academically STEM based school, which can
inhibit colorism in a student’s personality and hobbies. Southside
Showcase was meant to combat this by providing an environment to
express self-interests freely. The program was successful in this
regard with overwhelming participation!
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
"The people who participated in Southside Showcase, either
performing or being a member in the audience, left with a valued
lesson in their heart. Their eyes were opened to the fact that one
cannot simply restrain another person in a box of stereotypes.
A quality community should be supportive of all skills and
interests of every member in it. All the participants left with
the appreciation that people are amazing in more aspects of their
lives than what is seen up front. This evoked a notion of respect
and responsibility to appreciate the differences in people.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
"This program, overall, proved to be very effective. In the past,
similar programs had been put on for much smaller communities,
typically put on by and for the visual and performing arts
community on campus. By creating an event like this for the entire
campus, it allowed people outside of the visual and performing
arts floor to have an equal opportunity to shine. In many ways, it
was very eye-opening for the residents that attended the program
because they got to learn about the hidden talents of their peers.
The program also did a great job of creating an inclusive
environment for all those who decided to showcase their art.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
"This program can be adapted to other campuses as a whole or in
two individual parts - the goal of the program still remains
though, which is to provide an environment for students to
showcase their talent and have support and encouragement from
In regards to the gallery walk, an indoor open space is ideal to
prevent the pieces of art being affected by any potential bad
weather. All forms of art can be accepted.
In regards to the live performances, an outdoor location may be
ideal in warmer months, but this can also be done in an indoor
location. One perk of an outdoor location is that people can
bring lawn chairs and blankets or sit on the grass. An indoor
location can similarly work, but chairs may have to be provided.
The sound system was provided by an on-campus radio station, but
can also be rented if needed from outside sources.
Food options can change depending on the options/budget for the
program. QDoba (which is accomodating to vegetarians) was
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