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.
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.
One Sunday each month Kaleidoscope residents come together to prepare a meal and recharge for the upcoming week
One Friday each month we will gather in Paterson for monthly workshops to discuss the two texts provided for Kaleidoscope Residents and enjoy lunch.
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 https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/jctp/vol4/iss1