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Kaleidoscope Residential Learning Community

“We’re all blurry-eyed wanderers of time, and the unfortunance of it all is that we’d probably all go on to do great things if only we searched for what corrected and focused our vision instead of relying on our past – life’s grand kaleidoscope – to help us find our way forward.”  
 A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar 

About the RLC

The Kaleidoscope RLC creates an incubator to explore intellectual thought, identities and values through intentional conversations, experiences and programs. These will serve as a foundation for students from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus and identify solutions to complex social problems. Kaleidoscope offers two dedicated TIDES courses, cultural trips, and varied workshops.

Inspired by D. Scott Tharp's theoretical framework for designing social justice education curriculum, the Kaleidoscope experience is intended to apply a multidimensional model for developing cultural competence (Tharp, 2015). Our goal is to help students become critical thinkers who understand their attitudes, develop knowledge, and acquire skills through a comprehensive analysis of personal experiences, cultural perspectives, social interaction, and institutional systems in our society.

Required Reading

Each semester Kaleidoscope Residents will read a book that explores social issues of the day. These texts will be between 150 and 300 pages each.

Kaleidoscope Sunday Family Dinners

One Sunday each month Kaleidoscope residents come together to prepare a meal and recharge for the upcoming week

Kaleidoscope Fridays

One Friday each month we will gather in Paterson for monthly workshops to discuss the two texts provided for Kaleidoscope Residents and enjoy lunch.

Kaleidoscope Trips

Studio Be

McKenna Museum of African American Art

Festival Trips


Tharp, D. (2015). Applying a Freirian Lens on Social Justice Education: One Practitioner’s Perspective. Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 4 (1). Retrieved from