Moving learning from the classroom to the theater in order to discuss the underlying messages of media


Are you looking for a new approach to the diversity conversation? Offer your students a chance to take a step back and explore this difficult topic through the lens of the camera. This workshop encourages students to deconstruct the familiar and understand media’s effect on our personal judgments. Acknowledging the existence of diversity isn’t enough. Our students need to dig deeper and explore the many facets of diversity and what role it plays in our lives and relationships. 

This interactive and engaging workshop was created by CAMPUSPEAK speaker, Brian Johnson, and is facilitated by a team of highly trained facilitators. REEL TALK will provide students with an opportunity to engage in honest dialogue about issues that affect society and to gain a new perspective on diversity in film. Our facilitators will help participants become aware of how we interpret differences, examine the roles of characters, how we identify with them and explore how social conditioning influences our actions, judgments and assumptions.

Throughout the workshop, participants will work to break down cross-cultural barriers, minimize fear of diversity and have authentic conversations about diversity issues that often divide campus communities. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in honest dialogue, identify the process by which we acknowledge differences, and deconstruct characters and events in film to understand their effect on our personal judgments and behaviors. Participants are able to filter through the entertainment to discover a powerful educational message.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the barriers to justice, and develop a plan of action to overcome them
  • Use critical thinking skills to become more media literate
  • Understand social conditioning and shaping as they relate to race, gender roles, sexual orientation, socio-economics, religion, disability, and other areas of difference
  • Examine how to deconstruct film characters’ roles and make connections to how these roles affect society

Workshop Details

  • 4-hour workshop
  • Includes a participant workbook and a pre and post assessment
  • Often used as part of an existing training

Who Is This Ideal For?

  • Orientation leaders
  • Residence life
  • Peer educator
  • Fraternity and sorority leaders