Race Experience Kiosk Is Here
Publication Date: 11/12/2012
Over 300 colleges, universities, corporations and government agencies in the United States and Canada have used the Race Experience Kiosk to consider race, racism and identity in a new light. The kiosk will be in the Middle Ground on the Rhodes campus Nov. 12-16 in the Middle Ground of the Barret Library.
Through face detection and morphing, the kiosk takes a photo of participants and lets them see themselves as other races or in a different skin. The kiosk at Rhodes will be used to encourage participants to discuss societal notions, misconceptions and biases of race.
Two of the following Rhodes professors—Christopher Wetzel, Susan Kus, Ernest Gibson, Leigh Johnson, Maya Evans, Evelyn Perry, Gail Murray, Charles McKinney—will be available each day from 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m. in the Middle Ground to discuss with participants about their experiences.
“We hope to encourage conversations across academic disciplines, groups, and individuals about stereo-types, biases, and racial prejudices,” says Brown. “While Rhodes is increasing in diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment, the work is ongoing and benefits the community when we can discuss taboo topics, such as race, in an open forum.”
The mantra for the Office of Multicultural Affairs this year has been, “I am because, We are.”
Adds Brown, “We hope that this experience will continue to get students to think of themselves as one family, one body, one Rhodes.”