Hate and bias incidents happen in multiple locations every day. The third most common location are colleges and school campuses. Such incidents have dramatic and subtle consequences on campuses. When there is a public bias or hate incident, the fabric of the school and its sense of itself as a quality learning environment are shaken deeply. However, everyday micro-hostilities and aggressions involving bias also create an ongoing hostile environment that signals to targeted members of a community that they are not included, valued, or respected – indeed, that they are unsafe. Luckily, many institutions have been considering how to address these issues for a significant period of time and we are able to benefit from their good work.
Best practices in organizing around hate and bias include educating the public around respecting and valuing the full diversity of humanity; empowering people to move beyond being bystanders to acts of intimidation, hostility and violence; and putting in place strong policies and networks which enable people and structures to act in the face of bias and hate. Below are some of the excellent tools that can help people and institutions become better organizers in creating a just and equitable campus.
Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry.
A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This handbook provides direct information on how to respond to everyday bigotry within your family, among friends, at your school, your workplace, and in public.
Organizing Against Hate: A Campus Guide, 2nd Edition. (2002).
A Student of Color Campus Diversity Project of the United States Student Association Foundation, Washington. D.C.
Responding to Bigotry and Intergroup Strife on Campus: A Guide for College and University Presidents and Senior Administrators. (2008).
Anti-Defamation League. New York, New York. This document is aimed at administrators and, as such, is a useful tool for considering necessary structural and policy changes that colleges and universities should put in place. It includes examples of schools that have made changes on their campuses.
Stop the Hate!
Non-Profit organization that provides education on Bias/Hate.
Teaching Tolerance Kits: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
These teaching kits are particularly aimed at K-12 situations but are also useful for professional development in general.
Healing the Hate: Innovations in Hate Crime Prevention. (1999).
National Center for Hate Crime Prevention
Families United Against Hate (FUAH)-Response to Bias Based Incidents
Information provided for people who may know someone who has experienced a bias/hate incident. Written in an accessible and useful manner.
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