SOCIAL JUSTICE & DIVERSITY
Housing and Residence Life has adopted a goal to enhance our commitment to a socially just, diverse, and inclusive learning environment throughout the residential campus and general community. A key commitment includes a dedicated HRL Social Justice, Diversity and Inclusion committee which conducts signature programs such as “Breaking Barriers,” production of online newsletter, Tunnel of Oppression, and partnering with the campus community.
Partner Spot Light: University Police
In 2018-2019, two residence halls invited campus police to implement a program and participate in an assessment effort.
University Policy Panel and Pizza in Jefferson Suites Residence Hall
On October 2, 2018, Officer Patrione Perry, Jefferson Suites’ Adopt-A-Cop, and Coordinator for Residence Life, Paige Thomas, hosted an event that invited four UNCG police officers and one communication dispatcher to interact with Jefferson Suites residents. Police Department staff held an honest conversation with over 35 residents and allowed them to ask questions regarding topics that matter to them. Topics included traffic stop protocol, the police department’s stance on drugs and alcohol, police training and equipment, and how current issues in America are impacting their jobs and lives.
Building Relationships: University Police & Men of Color
Spring Garden Apartments Residence Hall
The Spring Garden Apartments community facilitated a program on February 27, 2019 with university police to address reoccurring themes regarding interactions between law enforcement and young men of color. This program targeted residential students who identify as men of color and open to all residents. Topics of discussion consisted of men of color being scared to interact with the police based on societal trauma, not knowing the proper protocol during traffic stops, understanding how to build healthy relationships with police, and learning the day to day functions of law enforcement. During this program, police addressed an array of topics to unpack the answers to the listed concerns via a presentation facilitated by veteran UNCG police officers. Students engaged in an open dialogue and received answers to their questions.
Pre & Post Questionnaire with 16 student responses
Students in attendance did in fact show a significant increase in comfortability with UNCG PD. Responses indicated that through an increase in conversations and interpersonal interactions between university police and students in the residence halls could continue to foster healthier relationships. Program attendees indicated excitement to begin interacting with campus police with significantly less fear following the program. The assessment also informed UNCG PD that prior to the program majority of students were not aware of the LiveSafe app.
Breaking Barriers Program Highlight & Assessment
“The ‘60s: From Then to Now to Breaking Barriers for the Future”
Breaking Barriers is a social justice focused, a departmental initiative which touches on all six core values of Housing and Residence Life: Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, Community, Personal Growth and Safety and Security and Innovation. Breaking Barriers promotes social justice through the deconstruction of the barriers that prevent the interaction and growth of people, cultures, regions, neighborhoods, and campuses. Each residence hall planned a social justice oriented program during the Month of February focused on one of the four social issues outlined by the SJDI committee. This year’s thematic and programmatic topics: immigration, race relations, economic justice, women, gender and sexuality (LGBTQIA). UNCG campus and community were invited to attend and engage in our campus-wide signature programs. A few of the programs: “Face the Wall”, Breaking Barriers: The Reality of Living Pay Check to Pay Check,” “The House I Live In,” and “Freedom Writing.”
One survey was designed to assess the Breaking Barrier program of 7 selected residence hall programs. Participants completed the survey at the conclusion of the event attended.
- 87.5% of Breaking Barriers attendees felt safe in the programming space
- 6.3% of Breaking Barriers attendees felt challenged in this space at times, but still felt safe
- 6.3% of Breaking Barriers attendees felt challenged in this space at times, and felt unsafe at times as well
Information Benefit (did participants feel that the information was beneficial to them)
- 68% of Breaking Barriers attendees said that the information was very beneficial
- 25% of Breaking Barriers attendees said that the information was somewhat beneficial
- 6.3% of Breaking Barriers attendees said that the information was not at all beneficial
Knowledge/Awareness Increase (Did participants knowledge increase after the program)
- 87.5% said that their knowledge regarding social justice awareness did increase
- 12.5% said that their knowledge regarding social justice awareness did not increase