Part of our FLIP (Future Life Improvement Program) is to break the barriers of fear, prejudice and other preconceived ideas that prevent us from becoming our “best selves” within our diverse community. Through our Breaking Barriers Program we aim to broaden the scope of our understanding of and connection to others’ experiences in our social and professional world. We listen, engage, and connect with individuals of diverse backgrounds, communities, professions, lifestyles, religions, etc… To this end, we watch movies, go on field trips, invite speakers from our community and even have our own diverse membership share their experiences.
After a Breaking Barriers session, our members are asked to write a reflective essay or paragraph about what they learned and/or how the movie, field trip or speakers changed their preconceived ideas about the subject matter. Check out some of the best and brightest essays from our members below! NOTE: Not all members are comfortable sharing their essays. Therefore these essays are posted ONLY with the expressed consent of their authors.
NOTE: We are always looking for Breaking Barriers speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing your unique experience and perspective with us please fill out this Volunteer Application and email it to our director, Christine Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflective Essay on the Movie “The Help” Written by Natasha Otero Written by Rebecca Case Written by Shilo Thomas Reflective Essays on a Trip to USF Written by Rebecca Case Written by Beth McGlothlin Reflective Essay on the Movie “Life Of Pi” Written by Maryrose Chechile Written by Shilo Thomas Reflective Essay on the Movie “Invictus” Written by Rebecca Case Written by Maryrose Chechile Written by Natasha Otero Reflective Essay “Transgender 101” Speakers: Linda & Karen Schrader Written by Rebecca Case Written by Beth McGlothin Written by Natasha Otero Reflective Essay on the Movie “Remember the Titans” Written by Beth McGlothlin Written by Shilo Thomas Reflective Essay on the Movie “The Color of Friendship” Written by Maryrose Chechile