Breaking Barriers

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

                                                                                                                                                        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