Breaking Barriers is Housing and Residence Life’s tradition of social justice based programing in the month of February. Breaking Barriers provides the UNCG community with programming throughout the month, including recognition of World Day of Social Justice. Breaking Barriers promotes social justice through the deconstruction of the barriers that prevent the interaction and growth of people, cultures, regions, neighborhoods and campuses.

Check out the following list of programs in February of 2018.


Featured Programming

2/15, 7 p.m. – Haywood Clubhouse: Have You Stopped to Smell the Roses?

In partnership with Smell the Roses non-profit, the Spartan Village community will be having a discussion and creating packages surrounding homelessness within the Greensboro community.
Barrier: Homelessness and poverty in the Greensboro community and who is affected.

2/20, 7 p.m. – Spencers Community: Social Justice League

Super Heroes often represent a version of our better selves in society. Social Justice League features a series of social justice conversations inspired by each Justice League hero.
Barrier: Areas of privilege and understanding of various social justice topics.

2/21, 6 p.m. – Ragsdale Conference Room: Empathy Dinner

This program will increase awareness of ableism and how it impacts individuals in a variety of everyday activities.
Barrier: Disabilities

2/21, 6:07 p.m. – Tower Village: Me at The G

Come to this panel of students, faculty, and staff who are a part of marginalized communities to hear their story here at The G.
Barrier: We will be addressing race, able-ism, sexual orientation, gender issues, and many more.

2/22, 5:30 p.m. – Haywood Clubhouse: Reel Talk: Dialogue and Dinner

This is part of a series that aims to prompt meaningful dialogue about identity, intersectionality, and contemporary social justice issues through films and film clips. Facilitated by Faculty in Residence Sarah Carrig and the Office of Intercultural Engagement.
Barrier: Intersectionality and identity


Community Programming

2/4, 6:30 p.m. – McCormick 109: Super Bowl LiiT?

The intent of this active program is to engage students in critical thinking about race, race relations, gender identity, and the National Football League (NFL). Throughout this program, students will be able to engage in fellowship and dialogue around one of America’s favorite past-times.
Barrier: Gender perception and race relations.

2/21, Reynolds Recreation Room – Humans of Reynolds

Humans of Reynolds is a multi-layered, interactive program designed to help students share experiences and challenges they have faced as a result of their identities. The program will be modeled after the popular “Humans of New York” social movement, in which candid photographs of everyday citizens are accompanied by a short description of that individual’s personal story. By reading and seeing the stories of their fellow residents, members of the Reynolds community will gain a deeper understanding of each other’s lived experiences.
Barrier: This program aims to break down barriers created by stereotypes and lack of communication between people of different identities. We often fear what we do not know, and misinformation or assumptions about other people based on identities that we do not share can prevent us from working together and understanding one another.

2/21, Weil & Winfield Lobby – The Price is “Right”

The Price Is “Right” program will included a series of fun games designed to engage students in a variety of social justice topics! These games will focus on the “Big 8” socially-constructed identities: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality and socioeconomic status. Everyone walks away with the “right” prize!
Barrier:The program attempts to create a space to expose residents to new ideas/concepts/perspectives; breaking the barriers of lack of knowledge; also breaking the discomfort of discussing the Big 8, specifically race, socioeconomic status, and religion.

2/21, 7:30 p.m. – Spring Garden Apartments Conference Room: Relationship Rejuvenation

This program will provide information about what healthy relationships look like. We want students to be aware of unhealthy signs in relationships that can lead to abuse. Leaving this space, students will be empowered with the education and the courage to remove themselves from toxic relationships, as well as to help others that are involved in toxic relationships.
Barrier: This program is designed to empower students with both educational resources and the confidence to help individuals who are involved in toxic relationships.

2/21, 8 p.m. – Mary Foust and Guilford Parlors (running concurrently): Privilege, Identity, and Allyship: A Facilitated Forum

Participants will engage in a dynamic guided discussion about privilege, intersectionality, and accessibility at UNCG.
Barrier: Residents will seek to understand their relative privileges within their intersectional identity markers. The group will work to develop a shared vocabulary for discussing privilege and identities that promotes mutual respect.

2/22, 7 p.m. – Moore-Strong, The Pit: Stereotype Fashion Show

What do a fraternity brother, athlete and honor student have in common? They are all judged on common stereotypes that we encounter at the university. This fashion show will uncover different types of stereotypes and teach people how to deal with misjudgment in the residence hall.
Barrier: The purpose of this program is to help Residents and Resident Assistants deal with the diversity we confront everyday and the judgments people make about each other. This program helps teach people not to judge a book by its cover.