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Educational Program: Ties that Bind

In Educational Progams, In-Services on March 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM
Ties that Bind(Samantha Cassell)

Ties that Bind
(Samantha Cassell)


This program is meant to highlight the diversity within a community, especially “invisible” diversity. Different colored strips of paper represent different aspects of someone’s identity. Residents write on the strips why that identity is important to them, then the strips are added to a large link chain. The chain can be hung up in a common area. Diversity, decoration, fun!


Lots of colored paper





Cut out a lot of strips of different colored papers. I suggest about 8 different colors. Choose an aspect of identity/personality to correspond to each color. Ours were gender, race, religion, family, ability, activity, sexual identity, region, other.

Colors of diversity

Colors of diversity

Have residents choose a few that are important to them- as many as they want, depending on how inspired they are. They should write down why it is important to them or how they feel it plays into their identity. Once they wrote it down, staple the strip into the chain! Hang the chain up in a common area for all to see.

The mostly-completed chain

The mostly-completed chain

This is a good way to demonstrate all types of diversity. It shows both how the community is similar as a whole but each person is a unique individual as well. Yay, diversity!


  • We did this program in the lobby. Since it didn’t take much time, almost everyone who came into the building participated! Those who were really into it stayed longer and did more in-depth links.
  • Tailor the categories to your community.

Credit: Samantha Cassell, Valparaiso University


Bulletin Board: Resume SuperWords

In Bulletin Boards, Educational Progams on July 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This educational board works very well for halls with graduating seniors or in the spring when students are working on boosting their resume’s for summer internships!


SuperWords Resume Board Text

Generic SuperHero Pictures


  1. Print SuperHero pictures, color, decorate, and cut out.
  2. Arrange and print board text.
  3. Put up board!


  • Feel free to use your favorite superhero or one that fits your hall theme. (Avengers anyone?)
  • A little glitter glue goes a long way to making the superhero cut outs pop!

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Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Educational Program: The Missing Ingredient

In Educational Progams, Social Programs on May 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This is an educational program cleverly disguised as free food! It spreads awareness of gluten free or of vegan lifestyles.


Vegan Recipes

Gluten Free Recipes

Vegan F.A.Q. Handout

Gluten Free F.A.Q. Handout


Choose a gluten-free or vegan dessert recipe and make it for your residents. Publicize your event just as you would if it was a typical cupcake/cookie/brownie event.  At the event, dare your residents to guess what ingredient is missing in their favorite snack. Share what you have learned about gluten-free or vegan lifestyles and give your residents your handout with their treat!


  • Don’t feel limited to just gluten-free or vegan lifestyles, this program can work with any atypical eating style.
  • Make sure you have the ingredients to make your desserts BEFORE you bake. 😛

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Social Program: Destress with Yoga

In Educational Progams, Social Programs on May 31, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Yoga calms the mind, body, and relieves stress! Look to your school’s fitness center or dance department for advice on teachers or use an instructional video!


Large open(ish) space

Teacher or Video


Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Educational Program: Self Defense

In Educational Progams, In-Services on May 31, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Self defense programs are a great way to keep your residents safe while they are not in the dorms.  Check with your university’s police department, karate club, or fitness center for advice on where to find an instructor!


Self Defense Flyer 1 Be Safe

Self Defense Flyer 2 Tower


Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University