LEAD Fund Project on Campus Civility, Hate and Bias: Prevention, Solutions and Strategies
Incidents of hate, bullying and other forms of harassment have proliferated on college campuses in recent years. Where once colleges and universities were an enclave of safety and learning, some institutions have become the focal point of uncivil behavior based on race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, religion, disability and/or sexual orientation.
In coordination with the Stop Hate Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and ThinkRubix, the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (the LEAD Fund), the nonprofit affiliate of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), has received a grant to conduct three activities to identify challenges to resolving issues of intolerance, bias and uncivil behavior on campus, as well as best practices to effectively address these concerns.
- Conducted Listening Sessions on campuses in the Midwest to learn more about how Equal Opportunity and Diversity Professionals (EOPs) and other campus personnel experience barriers that reduce their effectiveness, and identify best practices to effectively address discrimination, racism and bias on campus;
- Developed a Toolkit and Accompanying Report, which were informed by in-person and online Listening Sessions, of tips and resources for EOPs and other college and university officials to help improve the college climate; and
- Conducted a national Survey to better document the experiences of EOPs and other university officials and to gauge the mood of campuses that are addressing these contentious issues.
- We hope that the collegiate community will learn some useful tips as it confronts the challenges posed by the growing phenomenon of incivility, hate and bias on campus.
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