Project Lead: Mica Pollock, Professor of Education Studies, and Director of UC San Diego's Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE)
In a national climate of political polarization and hate, our project responds to a crucial need to facilitate dialogue across lines of difference, by offering a simple mechanism for university community members to engage in learning, advocacy, and discussion around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. To promote open discourse and civic engagement, UC San Diego is adopting the “#USvsHate” collective action project. #USvsHate (usvshate.org) is an anti-hate messaging initiative that UC San Diego researchers and local educators successfully piloted in K-12 schools and community colleges from 2017-2019. #USvsHate is now scaling nationally with Teaching Tolerance, the K-12 education branch of the Southern Poverty Law Center. UC San Diego will be the first four-year institution of higher education to participate in the #USvsHate national movement.
In #USvsHate, educators facilitate anti-hate lessons catalyzing classroom dialogue about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Educators tap a free collection from national partner organizations, or build on their existing curriculum. Then, students create public anti-hate messages for their campus communities (in any media) that explicitly address, explore, and refuse racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, or other “hate forms.” Our campus partners in the #USvsHate initiative include UC San Diego’s Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE), Cross Cultural Center, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) approved courses, and Triton Community Initiative.