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University Equity and Inclusion
Reject Hate

Honor Our Shared Humanity

Hate is on the rise.  

Across the country and on our campuses.

We must come together and take an active role in stopping hate.

From vandalism and graffiti to negative and harmful interpersonal interactions, daily indignities and other acts of hate disrupt living, learning and working environments and harm students, faculty, and staff. At Rutgers, we believe that bias incidents that target individuals because of their race, religion, gender/gender identity, socioeconomic status, and sexuality are unacceptable wherever and whenever they occur.

Hateful acts aim to intimidate and hinder our goals of an inclusive community.

We reject hatred and call on all members of the Rutgers community to offer respect in words and actions toward each other, especially when we disagree — that is the difference between being in proximity and being in a community.

As a community, we commit to:

Reject all forms of bigotry and hatred.

It is not enough to denounce hate and bigotry directed at people who look like us or share our culture or experiences. To be a vibrant and inclusive community, we must collectively reject hate. Each of us must take a stand against bigotry and hatred directed at any of us. We can vehemently disagree, but we must insist on each others' dignity as human beings and the sanctity of our lives.

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“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Meeting the Moment with Humanity:  Despite the complex personal and policy positions on the growing global humanitarian crisis, we owe respect in words and actions toward each other, especially when we disagree — that is the difference between being in proximity and being in community.

Learn how to be an active bystander.

Speak Up! is a university-wide bias prevention campaign. A call to action for all university community members to respond when they observe bigotry and to be vigilant about disrupting personally held bias. 

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If you, or someone you know, has experienced an act of hate, report it and get support.

We want to address issues quickly when they arise and have several methods through which you can report a bias incident. If you are looking for counseling and wellness support, several resources are available. Look at the dropdown menu below to find the right resource to meet your needs.

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Bias Reporting and Counseling/Wellness Services

Hate, unchecked, can kill.

Visit the Hate Kills webpage to check out the trailers of the films that revisit the horror and lasting impact of four recent tragedies motivated by hate: the 2015 Charleston massacre (anti-Black racism), the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting (homophobia), the 2017 Victoria Islamic Center fire (Islamophobia), and the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre (antisemitism). Do not look away.

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Hate Crime: The Harms of Hate

The Harms of Hate

What Drives Hate?

To effectively combat hate, we must start by unpacking its causes.

Revisit the 2021 Unpacking Hate webinar series. Explore the videos, insightful articles, and learning tools.

Unpacking Hate Session 1 and 2 recordings

Don't Forget

When an act of bias or hate affects our community, you may experience a range of emotions, including anger, fear, isolation, stress, uncertainty, and concern for your personal safety and that of others. Hate takes its toll, and we all need to be mindful about self-care in its wake.

Take Care of Yourself

How a Community Responds to Hate Makes All the Difference

Join us for Spring 2024 university-wide speaker series, "Navigating Tensions, Affirming Community," and documentary series, "Reject Hate." Both encourage us to embrace our shared humanity, acknowledging its messiness and contradictions. 

Do your part and engage.