Hofstra University is launching a campaign called No Hate At Hofstra to reaffirm the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and creating an environment that promotes opportunities for all members of the campus community to learn about and from one another.
The multi-faceted, multi-platform effort will kick off with the installation of a mural in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center displaying visual highlights of Hofstra’s rich diversity, and the various ways the University has celebrated it over the years.
The campaign will also include robust calendar of events – the first of which is a lecture by author, journalist and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on Sept. 20, as well as a series of public service videos designed to raise awareness and help individuals and groups communicate respectfully about differences.
The mural, eight-feet-wide by seven-feet-long, is a mix of photos and news clippings of programs, speakers, protests, and events – on and off-campus – that reflect the varied experiences, practices, beliefs, ideas, faiths, worldviews, cultural traditions and identities that comprise the Hofstra community. The mural will be located on the northeast wall of the student center, just inside the sliding doors on the north end of the building.
“Hofstra’s core mission is to nurture, encourage and support learning through civil discourse, civic engagement and the free and open exchange of ideas,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “No Hate at Hofstra serves as a reaffirmation and a reminder of our shared responsibility to ensure our campus fulfills that mission, every day and for every member of the community.”
The campaign was organized by a coalition of student organizations and university departments, including the Hofstra chapter of the NAACP, the Student Government Association, the Division of Student Affairs – in particular the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion and the Dean of Students Office, the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Office of University Relations.
“Working on this campaign with students and administrators was rewarding and eye-opening,” said Genesis Rivera ’19, president of the Hofstra chapter of the NAACP. “When such a diverse group of people work together there is so much potential for learning. Creating spaces for open communication on these topics can help all members of our community to better understand each other. The mural and campaign set an example for the inclusive environment we are creating.”
For more information about the No Hate at Hofstra campaign, go to Hofstra.edu/no-hate. Follow and participate in the campaign on social media using the hashtag #HofNoHate.