What People Are Saying

The Keep It Real Diverse game is a wonderful engagement tool, in which even the most resistant people open up to one another within moments. Playing this game helps people to experience one another in deep and meaningful ways. It lowers defenses and opens hearts and minds, facilitating understanding, new learning, and empathy.

"I whole heartedly endorse the Keep It Real Diverse game. I facilitated a Keep It Real Diverse game training with 70 of my R.A.s, many of whom have reported that this game is the best tool they have ever used. Why? Because especially for new students who don’t know anyone, Keep It Real gives them the chance to tell their story and for other people to hear them with full, undivided attention. They listen deeply to one another; that is what is missing for many young people. I have facilitated Diversity trainings, preparation for academic achievement trainings and more with this game, always with superlative results."

Cheryl Hinton, Stevenson University

" “The Keep It Real Game” is a great tool for students to engage in meaningful dialogue around social justice in a non-threatening format and helpful in building community. I’ve utilized the game with students in class, residence halls, and with our bi-weekly e-Race group on campus. Students have felt empowered by sharing their thoughts and listening to others opinions in a respectful manner. The game has challenged both students and myself to dig deeper and think critically about social justice issues."

Dr. Manuel Ruiz, Gettysburg College

"Working in Higher Education for over ten years I have experienced many different types of programs, games and theories on how to break down barriers in order to build community, trust, and a safe environment. The Keep It Real game is my secret weapon when it comes to preparing my students to be able to speak about personal feelings, experiences, and opinions with students they may not know. The Keep It Real game is a creative tool which allows students to connect an experience with a face, group laughter, and group support. It begins the true foundation of community, retention, and most importantly the building of new friendships and great memories that we as educators hope are long-lasting with college."

Mariaelena Marcano, Assistant Director of Student Affairs/Orientation Manager/ Greek Life, The City College of New York

"We used the Keep It Real games with our Resident Assistants during their diversity training as well as with one of the college's women leadership groups. The students loved every minute of playing the game. Since the training, resident assistants have borrowed the games to use with their floors. I would strongly recommend this game to anyone interested in helping others to understand themselves and colleagues/peers in fun but meaningful ways."

Wintlett Taylor-Browne, Director of Student Services, Luther College, Diversity Center - Voice, Visibility & Leadership for Diversity

“We brought Leslie Robinson, the creator of the Keep It Real Diverse board game and workshops, to our campus to facilitate Diversity training for 49 participants which included department directors and their key leadership staff from 17 departments from Public and Community Services, a division within the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma Outreach. The highly unique blend of Diversity exercises, information and game play facilitated and presented by Leslie provided us with an enjoyable, high-energy, hands-on interactive and experiential opportunity. This interactive experience will enable each participant in this workshop to move their understanding of what Diversity means to them personally, and how it can be applied, to a new level in our division and our departments. Leslie has created a “one of a kind” Diversity experience which provides the opportunity for the Keep It Real Diverse workshop to be recreated by those who have participated in the workshop, and to be ongoing when the workshop ends. After lots of laughter, bonding, discussion, introspection and sharing, we are all better for having participated in the Keep It Real Diverse workshop and would highly recommend this unique, fun learning experience! “

Belinda Biscoe, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, University of Oklahoma Outreach, College of Continuing Education, Division of Public and Community Services

"Leslie Robinson, creator of the Keep it Real game, has expertly utilized her board game to facilitate team-building and interpersonal communication at two leadership conferences at Bronx Community College. The board game is more than just fun to play, it is a communications tools that delivers on building trust and open-dialogue in a way that is self-guided and non-threatening. Most of the 65 students at our conference didn't leave until I promised them a Keep It Real game of their own. Today I keep three Keep it Real games in my office and lend them to student organizations for their use for club meetings."

Manny Lopez, Assistant Director of Student Life at Bronx Community College

"The Keep It Real Diversity workshop, facilitated by Leslie Robinson, was the core of our Diversity workshop for students. It proved to be more engaging and impactful than any keynote speaker we have ever had in the past. While other diversity activities have caused students to feel guilty or marginalized because of their identity, Keep It Real empowered students to speak their truth while remaining open to the experience and the dialogue. Students repeatedly mentioned that the game provided them an opportunity to have honest conversations with their peers in a safe environment surrounding important issues. Both the staff and students involved agreed that Keep It Real should be an aspect of new student orientation and first year experience classes."

Patrick Lynn, Asst. Director of Residence Life, City College, N.Y.

“The Keep It Real game allowed me to search deeper inside myself to find meaning in many of the things I do. The game creatively asks the questions that most people are too intimidated to ask, boldly unmasks truths that desperately need to be revealed, and enlightens the mind. The Keep It Real game harbors a magic that changes people… and will one day change the world.”

Whitney Lawrence, Promoter

“ The Keep It Real Diverse game has unblocked the pathways into my students’ hearts! After two rounds of riveting questions from this game, I recognized a light shining through a window, highlighting the inner thoughts of all of the people around the table. We were riveted for hours and did not want to stop playing. If you work with high school and college students, like I do, I highly recommend investing in the Keep It Real Diverse game.”

Shawn Best, Director of Residence Life, The King’s College

"Keep It Real isn't just a board game -- it is a FUN, COMPASSIONATE, JAW-DROPPING and INTELLECTUAL way of life. Each space on the board represents a unique opportunity to discuss serious issues such as relationships, bullying and religion, and lighthearted ones such as pop culture, superpower wishes, and dreams. The action cards are HILARIOUS, prompting seemingly shy and ordinary people to get out of their seats and DANCE, SCREAM, TWIRL, and make NOISE. Keep It Real is perfect for students striving to discover themselves in a world brimming with diverse ideas, Keep It Real never fails to deliver an adventure in a comfortable and judge free zone. I promise you that Keep It Real will LITERALLY change your life."

Brian Kateman, Jeanette K. Watson Fellow

"Throughout playing Keep It Real people learn to listen to others while gaining the comfort and courage to speak and know that others are listening to them. This is such a great game that breaks through race, gender and religious barriers. As a student leader on my campus I use this game each semester as new members join my various organizations."

Jonathan Vascones, CUNY Queens College Representative

"Throughout playing Keep It Real people learn to listen to others while gaining the comfort and courage to speak and know that others are listening to them. This is such a great game that breaks through race, gender and religious barriers. As a student leader on my campus I use this game each semester as new members join my various organizations."

Jonathan Vascones, CUNY Queens College Representative

"From start to finish, I felt like it was a really moving experience, especially because when we started off we were really uncomfortable with each other. We were not sure it was a safe place. But we grew to be comfortable with each other. And it goes to show that when you start opening up, and when you’re able to talk about things…it makes the entire environment more comfortable."

Shanika Harris, Student, The City College of New York
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