Learning About Hate, and How to Stop It

On Oct. 25, a representative from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leading anti-hate organization, visited the Hotchkiss campus to present “The Truth About Hate,” a student-facilitated program that focused on how the School community can better recognize incidents of hate when they occur and learn how to stop them from happening.

The ADL was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Its mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, it is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education.

Sian Charles-Harris, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education and an ADL representative, first spoke with students in Walker Auditorium about what is expected from them during the program.

“This program was created by ADL, but it really going to take a personal commitment from each and every one of you to reflect on your own ideas, experiences, and what you are going to do to change the world that we all live in.”

“Hate grows in silence so your voice is one of the strongest means that we have to root out hate, and end hate.”

Following a short video that illustrated how hearing personal stories of hate can help change people's views, students shared their own moving experiences with the community. In the afternoon, students broke up into small groups to further discuss strategies to recognize, and end incidents of hate.

“My hope is that you will continue the work that we start today,” Charles-Harris told students in her closing remarks. "Today was very meaningful and very impactful, and I think each of you now have of a wealth of options to choose from to be an ally for your peers at Hotchkiss."

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