Deconstructing Campus Climate: The Negative Impact of Bias Related Acts and Hate Crimes

(Sponsored by Residence Life & Student Housing)

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum (view map)

Dr. Alvin Sturdivant, Director of Housing and Residence Life, Saint Louis University
Deborah Schmidt-Rogers, Director of Residential Education, DePaul University

On October 28, 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) was signed into law, yet ignorance, insensitivity and narrow-mindedness remain on parade and threaten the very nature of healthy institutional climate. In 2008, The FBI reported a record 7,783 bias motivated incidents, the highest total since 2001; with the largest number of crimes and incidents directed at Blacks, Jews, gay men and lesbians. In more recent history, many campuses have been threatened by racially themed parties, blatant use of racial and other biased epithets, findings of swastikas, nooses and other symbols of hate. This session aims to address the enormous challenge of creating a safe, healthy and inclusive campus climate while in the midst of managing campus incidences motivated by bias and hate. More specifically, this session will assist participants in coordinating efforts to prevent, deter and respond effectively to bias and hate motivated by bigotry and prejudice.

Webinar Outline

  • Explore the differences between bias incidents, hate crimes and hate speech.
  • Understand and examine the impact of bias related acts and hate crimes on the residential and overall campus experience of students, faculty and staff.
  • Explore structural diversity and campus demographics and its influence on campus incidences of bias and hate.
  • Discuss the implications of mismanaging campus responses to bias incidents and hate crimes.
  • Establish plans of action for preventing, deterring and responding to bias incidents and hate crimes.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Establish a common understanding of bias incidents and hate crimes
  2. Understand the cycle of oppression and its relationship to campus bias and hate
  3. Understand the “isms” most commonly experienced on college campuses
  4. Understand the impact of bias related acts and behaviors on campus climate
  5. Understand the psychological and behavioral dimensions of institutional climate
  6. Break down institutional history and organizational culture
  7. Understand the importance of creating a diverse learning environment
  8. Understand how to develop plans of action to combat campus bias and hate

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