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April 14, 2014 - 5:11pm
Young community leaders gather for a photo at the 2006 Not In Our Town National Gathering. Photo by Jackson Hill.   Standing up to build hate-free communities is challenging work. The Not In Our Town National Leadership Gathering is an opportunity for community members and leaders to learn the concrete steps to build a diverse, thriving town. In this session, you will learn solutions needed in all communities: Turn apathy and complacency into energy Keep coalitions proactive Pass on the knowledge of veteran leaders turn them into mentors for youth Get civic and business leaders to join in community-based efforts
April 14, 2014 - 8:15am
Not In Our Town Bowling Green/BGSU is celebrating its first anniversary! We'll be joining Bowling Green, Ohio on Tuesday, April 15 to commemorate BGSU and the city of Bowling Green’s decision to come together to ensure inclusion, diversity, and social justice thrives in their community. The event will begin with a Diversity Showcase hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Senate with performances from singers, instrumentalists, rappers and spoken word poets. Later on we’ll be Breaking Down The Walls in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union where you can join others telling their story, filling out a brick and breaking down the barriers to leave the past behind.
April 11, 2014 - 11:26am
Redding honors community leader Eddie McAllister The president of the Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR)—a Not In Our Town group—was honored by Leadership Redding with its Alumnus of the Year Award. Eddie McAllister was selected for his outstanding community involvement, according to the Redding Record-Searchlight.
April 9, 2014 - 5:23pm
Livia Thomas and I met in 2012 when she sent on a note of desperation about a bullying incident at her elementary school. Principal Judy Nye and Livia were terribly concerned that their well-managed and peaceful Grimmer Elementary School had ongoing bullying that had not been reported, while hosts of students were negatively impacted. Grimmer’s situation is not uncommon. Students often are afraid or ashamed to tell adults about being bullied. Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Director of the National School Climate Center, says that in numerous cases, bullying is not reported while staff are oblivious that a calm exterior masks terrible incidents of bullying, teasing, and intolerance.
April 9, 2014 - 2:35pm
Several Palo Alto, CA schools host Not In Our School weeks this month, devoting time to recognizing and combating discrimination and stereotypes. Not In Our School (NIOS) has been present at Gunn High School for 12 years. While Gunn promotes acceptance and awareness to its students year-round, the NIOS week allows students to actively think about these topics and participate in assemblies and activities with classmates. Gunn’s theme is “We’re all in this together,” according to Palo Alto Online.