OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Diversity Center has strategically placed a white-washed wall at the base of the Stewart Bell Tower this week as part of a “Stop the Hate” awareness campaign.
The wall is meant to symbolize the subtle hate spoken on a daily basis. The Diversity Center is challenging all students, faculty and staff to think about their own prejudices.
“Our hope is that each individual who passes the wall will contemplate how they will change the way they speak about others,” said Diversity Center coordinator Keith Wilder.
On Friday, Nov. 18 at noon, there will be a ceremonial knocking down of the wall. Anyone interested will have an opportunity to swing a sledgehammer at the wall to show their commitment to ending hate in their lives.
In addition to the wall, the Diversity Center will host a “Stop the Hate” awareness training activity, Wednesday Nov, 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Building, room 240. The training will explore bias incidents and hate on campus as well as review past programs sponsored by the Diversity Center. All are invited to attend this free event.
“Stop the Hate” is a national program that has become a model for change on numerous campuses. The Diversity Center’s mission is to send a clear message to the campus and community that Weber State is a zero-tolerance campus in terms of hate and hate crimes.
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