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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.

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Rochester resouce offers events, programs, nonviolence toolkits, workshops, and other initiatives in support of its mission.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: 'In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body'
In this edited extract from his new book, acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the history of race in the US in the form of a letter to his teenage son
In Context: Race on Campus
This collection of recent news and commentary from The Chronicle of Higher Education can provide a starting point for discussion of what might be done to improve the climate and conditions on your own campus.
Zinn Education Project
Promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Offers teaching materials organized by theme or time period.
Antiracist Alliance
New York City organization offers workshops, videos, symposiums, toolkits and more with the goal of undoing structural racism in our lifetime.
Antiracist Alliance: Action steps and tools
A curriculum for taking action toward solutions.
It Stops With Me
This Australian government campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.
All Together Now: Give Racism the Finger
Campaign sponsored by the Body Shop and Amnesty International Australia encourages people to speak up when they witness racism.
Hearts and Minds: Groups against racism
Collection of links to groups fighing racism.
Let's Fight Racism
United Nations campaign to share stories and take a stand against racism in our own communities.
I, Too, Am Harvard
A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College.
Not on Our Campus
Resource collecting information on campaigns addressing racism, aSemitism, LGBTQ bias, and other issues at college campuses across the country.
Race, college, and safe space
New York Times article by journalist and commentator Charles Blow.
Whiteness History Month is a great idea. Here are 7 ways to observe it.
New York Times article by Alyssa Rosenberg.
How races studies scholars can respond to their haters
Chronicle of Higher Education article by Stacey Patton.