ADL Celebrates Texas No Place for Hate Day
By Yael Brown
The Anti-Defamation League of Austin celebrated 360 Central Texas schools who earned the No Place For Hate designation for the 2017-2018 school year with a Texas No Place For Hate Day on May 10.
Teachers and educators shared examples of anti-bias and anti-bullying activities from their school’s student coalitions on social media, expressing how they and their students create inclusive environments on their campuses. ADL Austin partnered with the Houston and Dallas ADL offices for this first ever No Place For Hate Day to celebrate Texas educators, and teachers and students embraced the new initiative with more than 100 posts from the Central Texas schools alone.
The No Place For Hate initiative provides educators and students with resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. No Place For Hate also helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice. Launched in Austin schools in the fall of 2004, the popular initiative has been embraced by hundreds of campuses throughout the Central Texas region, impacting over 250,000 students annually.
To be designated No Place for Hate, a school must form a No Place for Hate student coalition, sign the Resolution of Respect (provided by ADL), and design and implement three school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention activities. Upon completion of the required program components, schools receive a No Place for Hate banner that can be proudly displayed in the school.
Coinciding with Teacher Appreciation Week, No Place For Hate Day honored the amazing teachers who lead and inspire students to make their schools inclusive for all students. ADL Austin congratulates all participating schools for making their campuses No Place For Hate. ■
To learn more about this initiative and see a list of the designated Central Texas schools, visit austin.adl.org. For volunteer opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-249-7960.