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Kaleidoscope Story Slam



The Kaleidoscope Story Slam is a live storytelling event that invites UTHSC College of Nursing faculty, staff, students, alumni, and clinical partner participants to share their true, personal, six-minute stories of lived and shared experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within nursing.

Funded with a Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant sponsored by the UTHSC Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, the inaugural Kaleidoscope Story Slam will be held at 6:00 pm March 24, 2022, in the Schreier Auditorium of the Student-Alumni Center.


Story Slam Theme and Participation Guidelines

The theme for this year’s event is Empowerment. Empowerment is defined as the process in which individuals from varied backgrounds and with varied abilities and experiences become stronger and more confident, especially in their life and claiming their rights. Empowerment within nursing ensures our individual and collective voices are heard. Empowerment affirms respect of the innate value and rights of each unique individual. The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses states:

Inherent in nursing is a respect for human rights, including cultural rights, the right to life and choice, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status.”

Sharing our stories illustrates how we, individually and professionally, value the distinctive contribution and worth of all persons and imparts our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

Participation in the Kaleidoscope Story Slam event is open to UTHSC College of Nursing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and nursing clinical partners. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm on February 1, 2022. The College of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Committee will help select eight participants and two alternates from the applicant pool. Applicants will be notified of their selection by February 4, 2022.

Applicants and alternates selected for participation will be required to attend two three-hour master-storytelling workshops with Josh Campbell, Creative Director at Spillit Memphis on February 10 and March 10. Both workshops will be held in the Crowe Building Room 208 (second floor conference room) from 6pm to 9pm. During each workshop, Josh will help participants learn the art of storytelling and curate their stories for the live event..

Story Slam Application Form


Purpose of the Program

The Kaleidoscope Story Slam aims to harness the power of storytelling to:

  • foster dialogue and sharing across diverse populations within and beyond the college;
  • promote recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • move from a me-focused awareness to a collective consciousness;
  • create genuine engagement that appreciates each other’s unique experiences;
  • enable an authentic environment that promotes mutuality within and beyond the college;
  • empower nurses to un-create situations that foster discrimination, inequity, and exclusion; and
  • facilitate development of a communal identity that promotes equity and inclusion.


    Use application form to submit brief summary of your story to Dr. Christie Manasco at

Last Published: Jan 24, 2022