Breaking Barriers is a social-justice focused, departmental initiative that touches on all six core values of Housing and Residence Life: Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, Community, Personal Growth, 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 program during the month of February that touches on Immigration, Race Relations, Economic Justice, Race Relations and Women, and Gender and Sexuality (LGBTQIA).

We invite the UNCG campus and community to attend the Breaking Barriers signature programs listed below!


2019 Breaking Barriers Signature Programs


Tuesday, February 19
Cone Basement, 7 p.m.

Paint Your Picket:

A Review of Counterculture and Protest Art and Posters from the 1960s and Today
We will review art, protest signs, and other media used during the feminist movements, Gay liberation/Stonewall movements, and Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. As we discuss the context of these movements in the 1960s, we will create movement art based on the social movements of today, inspired by those from history. We will talk about the way media has changed and the impact multi-modal movements can have.


Wednesday, February 20
Winfield Parlor, 7 p.m.

L.I.F.E.

(Learning Intersectionality by Forging Experiences)
Residents will participate in a building-wide journey related to a profile given to them at the beginning of the program. Each Resident Advisor will have a checkpoint at their room door that represents different social issues individuals face throughout life. Each RA will provide context to explore how the resident’s life is affected based on the profile they were given. For an example, one checkpoint may focus on salary discrepancies by race and gender. Then, the RA will provide details to how this resident’s life is affected based on their provided identity profile. Other checkpoints will focus on other social issues. The profile the residents have are of different identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc). At the end of the program, residents will debrief the program and their “life.” To incorporate the 60s and now, we will provide residents with different time frames at each checkpoint to illustrate social changes. The purpose of this program is to explore social issues and illustrate intersectionality in identity.


Thursday, February 21
Haywood Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

This Is America

Our program will serve as a microcosm of the greater issues happening in our country. Our program begins outside the “country” (Haywood Hall). Students (Dreamers) will me met outside of the doors and asked to take a Citizenship test and they must get 80% or better on the test to be allowed to enter the building (USA). Once the newly minted immigrants have entered the country, they will go through a series of events that will further show their allegiance to the US. These events include: (1) Social injustice connect four – We will have a traditional game of connect four but there will be fewer red pieces than blue pieces along with guided discussion afterward of how the game relates to social injustices that occur today, (2) Privilege Race – Participants will be asked a series of questions related to the privilege they may/may not have within a relay race like setting and (3) Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood/Real Life Monopoly – An interactive game where the community resembles socio/economic problems we face in our nation today.


Tuesday, February 26
Grogan First Floor Parlor, 7 p.m.

99 Problems But My Identity Ain’t One

Residents will participate in an activity similar to the “identity circle” that will draw awareness to various identities and privileges embodied by the individuals. They will answer questions like “The part of my identity that I am most aware of on a daily basis is ______” and “The part of my identity that I believe is the most misunderstood by others is ______” and go to the area of the room next to the identity that best fits those statements and discuss. By engaging in dialogue following the activity, residents will gain a better understanding of themselves and others. Residents will learn how their privilege and possession of certain identities can be used to be effective leaders and create positive change in the world.


Wednesday, February 27
Ragsdale Parlor, 7 p.m.

See The World Through My Eyes

Residents will be participating in different scenarios that challenge their abilities to effectively use resources that are given to them based on their socio-economical backgrounds. Different scenarios will also depict certain situations from the 1960’s. Scenarios will include the basic necessities of life (such as food, water and shelter). For the duration of the program, participants will receive an alias that represents a different background from their own. Participants will live their “life” through a fictional period of time, while encountering surprise expenses (such as bills and paydays). After the end of the fictional time, participants will have to purchase the food they can afford (ranging from a low quality, cheap food to a higher quality, expensive food). Residents will engage in a debrief and question section after main scenarios.


Thursday, February 28
Phillip/Hawkins Basement, 7 p.m.

W.T.Feminism?

“W.T.Feminism?” is aimed towards educating the residents of Phillips/Hawkins about what Feminism is really all about, while being able to understand the history and purpose of the movement in the United States.