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Speak Up!

Universitywide Bias Prevention Campaign

Be an active bystander. Disrupt everyday bigotry.

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 cannot ban all offensive and hateful speech, instead we must commit to speak up and counter bigotry and hatred whenever and wherever we see it.

Should Hate Speech Be Censored?

Should Hate Speech Be Censored?

Why Should I Speak Up?

Daily indignities and other acts of bias disrupt learning and working environments and harm members of our community. 

Speak Up! is a call to action for all members of the university community to respond when they observe bigotry and to be vigilant about disrupting personally held bias. 

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 from 1 to 2:30 pm

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Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry Resource Guide

Learn four strategies for interrupting bias and Rutgers resources to support true inclusivity.

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Combat Bigotry and Bias

  • Speak up when you hear or see (observe) bigotry
  • Question and identify bias when I see (observe) it

  • Be mindful of my own behaviors

  • Promote and appeal to higher principles

  • Set limits (boundaries/expectations) on what is said or done around me

  • Seek help and help others to work against bigotry

  • Remain vigilant and persistent.

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Religious Bias

Recognizing religious biases is crucial in a campus community with various faith groups. Dr. Joan Collier talks with members of the Rutgers community, Rabbi Jason Cook, Atiya Aftab, and Kerri Willson to discuss how religious biases affect certain groups differently, how we as an institution can be more inclusive of different religious groups, and the value in bridge building between communities. 

Repairing Harm

Whether on an interpersonal or institutional level, individuals have the potential to cause harm due to unconscious biases. Dr. Joan Collier spoke with Avery Arrington, Kaylin Padovano, and Rebecca Vazquez to discuss different ways institutions like Rutgers University can address and repair harm. By placing ideas such as accountability and restorative justice in the center of the discourse, this webinar highlights the importance of creating an inclusive campus climate for all.

Disability Bias

This webinar focuses on the importance of centering individuals with disabilities when working towards an inclusive environment. Whether it be implementing classroom technology aids to enable learning for those with disabilities or using thoughtful language to avoid microaggressions, Bill Welsh and Wil Vargas engage in a conversation with Dr. Joan Collier on how to eliminate barriers to inclusion.

What is a Bias Incident?

A “bias incident” is defined as an act – either verbal, written, physical, or psychological that threatens or harms a person or group on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status. Cultivating trust requires accountability.

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PAUSE to Disrupt Bias