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We're Better Than That

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Racism and hate speech have no place at the University of Rochester. We aspire to be a community whose members are equally valued and respected.


“We’re better than THAT” places the power and responsibility to shape our community in each of our hands. By learning ways to react when we offend others or are offended by them, or when we are a witness to an ugly comment or conversation, we can acknowledge and act on this shared responsibility.

Throughout this semester and in the future, the "We’re better than THAT” campaign will educate students, faculty and staff on ways to approach difficult conversations on divisive topics and to stop hate speech and racism in our community.

Latest News

Irfan Bashir '19 wins antiracism video contest
Irfan Bashir A three-minute video called “Meliora,” created by Irfan Bashir '19, features University students of different races and nationalities holding signs with phrases that illustrate the multiple cultures and ethnicities found on campus. The video was awarded first place in the University's antiracism video contest.

Watch the video contest finalists


Campaign aims to raise awareness about racism
March 21 marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism. Across the River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music today, hundreds of students, staff, faculty and officials will wear gray T-shirts with the campaign's guiding message, We're Better Than That.

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Anti-racism campaign kicks-off at basketball doubleheader
The University launched its anti-racism campaign, “We’re Better Than THAT,” at the basketball doubleheader at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Saturday, February 27. The first 200 students will receive free T-shirts, buttons and stickers with the University’s new anti-racism logo. Both the men's and women's teams also will wear the gray T-shirts with the blue and gold logo during warmups.

WATCH: UofR Launches New Anti-Racism Campaign
Time Warner Cable News, February 25

Resources

Here are links to some external resources on anti-racism awareness and action. Continue to check on the site for additional resources and materials.

What is Racism?

Institutional vs Individual Racism
The University of Calgary breaks down the differences between institutional and individual racism.
TED Talk: Understanding Race in America
If you have ever been curious about what it would be like to be a person of color in an all white setting? Well here is your answer. Journalist Rich Benjamin finds the whitest towns in America and moves into them. From playing golf to gated communities, he immerses himself into 'whitopia.'

How to Talk about Race

The 8 R’s of Talking About Race
Insights on how to approach the topic of race in conversation in a meaningful and respectful way.
TED Talk: How To Talk About Race
Eric Deggans encourages everyone to start a race conversation and explains how to do so.
Talking About Race, Thinking Transformatively
The YWCA demonstrates ways to look at race transformatively in modern day society.

First-hand Accounts

Talking Race, Actual Experiences Dealing with Racism
A collection of first hand accounts of racism in communities beyond the University.
3 Ways to Speak English
Jamila Lyiscott celebrates her diversity in diction in her spoken word essay titled “3 Ways to Speak English.” Lyiscott explains the three styles of articulation she uses with her parents, friends, and classroom. Language has a significant role in her identity, but why? Watch and listen as she explains what it means to be “tri-tongued.”

Unity

Race, College, and a Safe Space: Charles Blow
“At no time is swinging together more important than when the death threats start to come and media vultures start to circle” New York Times columnist, Charles Blow, calls for unification primarily among people of color. He looks back to a time when our communities had safe zones such as churches, where radical ideas could be nurtured and flourish. In the troubling times we live in it's important to have spaces where we can unify and share new radical ideas.

Other Campaigns

Not in Our Town
A campaign aimed at stopping hate and building acceptance in all communities.
Antiracist Alliance
New York City organization that offers workshops, videos, symposiums, toolkits and more with the goal of undoing structural racism in our lifetime.
Let’s Right Racism
United Nations campaign to share stories and take a stand against racism in our own communities.
It Stops With Me
Australian government campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.
Racism Lives Here
Created as a reaction to the We’re Better Than That campaign, Rochester students provide insights, personal stories, and information regarding racism in our country.