In response to the hate and bias-motivated incidents reported this fall on campus and in the local community, Residence Life has launched a “No Place 4 H8” campaign to engage students in reinforcing the CSU Principles of Community.
The campaign includes posters, clings and social media graphics that students, staff and faculty are encouraged to post on their doors, windows and other spaces across campus to clearly show that hate speech and bias-motivated incidents have no place at CSU.
“The campaign is a great opportunity to take ownership of messaging to one another and represents the ability that individuals have to interrupt instances of bias and speak up for CSU’s values,” said Kyle Oldham, associate director for diversity, inclusion, and assessment for Housing & Dining Services.
All students who live in the residence halls and university apartments on campus have been invited to pick up campaign materials at their front desk and display them publicly.
Spreading the word
Inclusive Community Assistants have assisted with distribution in the halls. To date, more than 1,000 clings and more than 1,200 posters have been distributed. Campaign materials have also been displayed on digital signs and shared with communicators campuswide to help spread the word.
“I really appreciate the No Place 4 H8 campaign because it helps to show the community that we are supportive of diverse people and backgrounds on campus,” said Grace Coley, a first-year resident of Summit Hall. “It really helps to create a positive environment around us all.”
The campaign also encourages members of the campus community to report any incidents of hate or bias on campus, to speak up and step in when such acts are witnessed, and to use the built-in reporting tools on social media apps to flag hate speech and harassing content.
“Our campus should be a place where everyone feels safe and accepted,” said Claire Stanziale, a junior majoring in graphic design. “Especially during a time when there is so much hate in the world, we need to take care of each other.”