Stopping Hate on Campus

10.19.2005 | Campus and CommunityBrandon Wilson, college outreach coordinator and spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program, will deliver the keynote address, "From Tolerance to Inclusion," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Kennedy Union ballroom during the University of Dayton's first "Stop Hate" week. The speech is free and open to the public.

The University's "Stop Hate" week, Oct. 24-28, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of confronting hate and bias activity, as well as to inform and educate students about the impact such activity has on the campus community.

A graduate of Auburn University, Wilson now heads the Southern Poverty Law Center's college initiative, "10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus," and is the founder of this program's national tour. The program is dedicated to ensuring that every college and university has the tools needed to effectively respond to hate and intolerance.

Also while at the University of Dayton, Wilson will train members of the University's Bias-Related Incident Team to respond to acts of bigotry, hatred and bias on campus.

Convened in May 2004, the Bias-Related Incident Team developed a University policy, officially adopted in spring 2005, that ensures consistent, comprehensive and fair responses to any such incidents on campus. 

In 2001, as a student affairs associate at Auburn University, Wilson was asked to respond to photographs of a campus Halloween party that appeared on the Internet in which white students were wearing blackface, sporting Ku Klux Klan regalia and carrying nooses. Wilson's work in shaping Auburn's response mobilized the national media and resulted in the creation of the Center for Diversity and Race Relations on Auburn's campus in 2002.

Today, Wilson advises college and university presidents and senior-level administrators on ways to create campus communities that promote inclusion. In the past year, Wilson's work and leadership have impacted the campus life of more than 430,000 students, prompted the building of two student resource centers, created jobs that meet the evolving needs of students, developed strategies that have helped universities deter Ku Klan Klan activity and prompted a $1.5 million student retention initiative at an institution in California.

For media interviews, contact Lynnette Heard, executive director to the University president, at (937) 229-4122. For more on "Stop Hate" week, visit http://stophate.udayton.edu.