As the 2013-2014 school year begins, so does the 12thyear of the Southwest Region’s No Place for Hate® campaign, which provides tools an guidance for K-12 schools that want to build an atmosphere of respect and appreciation for diversity on their campuses.
The initiative began in 2001 with 10 schools. It has grown to more than 500 schools in ADL’s Southwest Region, which extends from El Paso to Beaumont and all points south.
In order to receive a No Place for Hate® designation, schools must sign a Resolution of Respect, create a task force or committee made up of students and teachers to coordinate the program, complete at least three anti-bias activities at different points throughout the school year, and submit documentation of those activities to ADL.
While Southwest Region education staffers visit current and prospective No Place for Hate® schools to provide guidance and check on their progress, the program has grown largely through word of mouth and results that prove schools participating in the program often find their campuses become warmer and more welcoming than ever before.
More information and applications for No Place for Hate® can be found on the Southwest Region web site, or by calling ADL’s Southwest Regional Office at 713-627-3490.