Month: November 2017
Passive Program of the Month
THERE'S NO PLACE FOR HATE
||Murray State University
|Person in charge:
||Clark staff and RCC
|Target Population: 250
||Time Needed to Organize: 4 hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: >120
||Date(s) of Program: The entire month of November|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: $12 (a few paint pens)|
|On-Campus Population: 3200
||Chapter Size: 32|
|Origin of Program:|
On the evening of Monday, October 23, racist graffiti was discovered in an
elevator inside Lee Clark Hall. It was quickly removed and reported to the
proper authorities. However, the Clark RCC and staff felt that the
University's official response was indirect and feckless:
"Murray State University student conduct rules and regulations state that
anyone who misuses, defaces, or damages University buildings, property, or
library holdings, or private property located on campus, shall be subject to
Lee Clark Hall is your home, but it is also the home for many of your fellow
classmates, friends, and of course, fellow Crusaders. Please treat your home,
and our home, with respect! As Crusaders and members of the Murray State
University campus we must remain committed to creating a welcoming community
founded on the principles to accept one another, learn from one another, create
an atmosphere of positive engagement, and challenge bigotry."
We thought that a bolder, less ambiguous response that challenged the grafitti
message of hate was warranted.
Word Count: 168
|Please give a short description of the program:|
The lobby wall in which the two elevators are set is the central
feature of the small Clark lobby. You cannot enter the building
without walking within a few feet of this wall. This wall was
covered with black paper (recycled from the Homecoming decorations at
no cost), and the words THERE'S NO PLACE FOR HATE were cut out and
placed as a banner across the top of the elevators. Several paint
markers were left at the lobby desk for individuals to sign their
name and/or add words of inspiration and support. This essentially
created a highly visible, high contrast palette on which we could
boldly proclaim our intentions.
The presence of the wall was announced through the weekly college
email, and students were asked to sign their name if they felt
similarly to the Clark governance.
Word Count: 137
|Goals of the program:|
1. To show the racist(s) that the Clark RCC and staff are not afraid.
While the graffiti was quickly removed, the Clark RCC and staff wanted to
let the unidentified perpetrator(s) know that regardless of their goal,
whether as an ignorant, misguided attempt at jest, or a more sinister and
intentional attempt to intimidate, that we find the use of such symbols of
hate abhorrent and sickening. We wanted to state this quickly,
unequivocally, loudly, and publicly.
2. To show the racist(s) that we are not alone.
The Clark community is built on inclusion, tolerance, and fellowship, and we
wanted to provide the larger community with an opportunity to embolden our
pledge against hate by allowing them to add their names.
3. To inform the racist(s) that we will not be silenced.
The pledge wall will remain in place until the end of the semester (and
perhaps longer), as a constant message to the perpetrator(s) that there is
no place for hate - not in Clark, not at MSU, not anywhere - and that we
would actively work, alone and with others, to keep our community a forever
welcoming and safe environment for all.
Word Count: 194
|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Everytime I walk into Clark my eyes are instantly drawn to this wall and the
dozens of signatures, and I am instantly reassured that although the
elevators may have been the site of the hateful, intolerant graffiti, they
now identify Clark as a community of love, strength, and unity.
I am also inspired by the number of people are not afraid to speak out
against the injustices of our world, and they will actively engage to combat
I honestly believe that no other program at Lee Clark College, in recent
memory, has had as powerful and positive an impact as this program has.
These are my personal thoughts and observations; however, my conversations
with other members of the community have informed me that a great many people
have been similarly influenced.
Word Count: 133
|Short evaluation of the program:|
The program was more successful than we could have hoped. Over 120
individuals signed our pledge wall, and new signatures are still being
added daily. These certainly included many the Lee Clark Hall
residents, but also among the signers (that I could personally identify)
were visiting students from other Residential Colleges; friends and
family of Clark residents and staff; Clark affiliated faculty and
professional staff; members of the MSU Police Department; and members of
the MSU custodial staff.
We wanted to show that those that are willing to stand against hate will
greatly outnumber those that stand for it, and I believe we have been
Word Count: 106
|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
Yes, and it should. It seems that there are numerous forces that are
pitting us against each other with the intention of driving us apart.
From the local level of interpersonal discourse to the national political
stage, disunity seems to be en vogue. Providing a public forum through
which we can unite and find a common ground to stand together combats
Although Clark used this format to combat a racist image, it could be
easily adapted to convey other more light-hearted messages such as
affirmations, favorite quotes or jokes, almost anything to bring the
community to a single place to express themselves. The paper could be
changed as frequently as one wished, allowing for weekly or monthly
Word Count: 121