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Here you will find a Not On Our Campus Proclamation from Scottsdale Community College, in Scottsdale, AZ. The proclamation opposes hate violence and promotes safety, inclusion, and acceptance on the Scottsdale Communty College campus. This proclamation also designates a Not In Our Town Day. Download and adapt for your campus.
Hate, Bullying and Intolerance: Not On Our Campus Five Ways to Move into Action Not On Our Campus (NOOC) offers solutions-based strategies and tools for change to a network of colleges and universities working to create welcoming and inclusive climates. Change begins with these five steps. Go to niot.org/project/notonourcampus to find out what others campuses have done.
Left: Bloomington's pledge card implores signers to stand against racism by pledging not to judge people by their racial origin.Right: Fort Collins, CO, employs its pledge to address hate by courageously preserving each person's dignity, as well as basic civil rights. Left: As part of Susan Guess' anti-bullying campaign in Paducah, KY, youth at the Washington Street Baptist Church wrote pledges to stop bullying. Right: Copies of the Marshalltown pledgesagainst hate were stuffed into various store shopping bags. Names of those who signed the pledge appeared in a free ad in the local paper, the Times-Republican, to show the community-wide support for the anti-hate movement.
Our original Not In Our Town film sparked a movement and citizens across the United States came together to stop hate in their respective communities. For some this meant unifying their towns and for some it meant unifying their campuses. On this page you'll find a small sampling of some of these student-created programs that have been implemented on other campuses. With these examples to guide you, join colleges across the country that are saying Not In Our House, Not In Our Hall, and Not On Our Campus. Examples of Action: Photo: Univ. of Cali., Santa Barbara's students sport Not In Our Hall t-shirts at a school event.
Starting Not In Our School on your middle or high school campus? Download posters, flyers, action forms, and action cards from successful Not In Our School campaigns here.
Cities and towns across the United States have passed proclamations to stand together for unity and acceptance. Enlist your Mayor to draft a Not In Our Town proclamation. Line up other leaders such as the Chief of Police, Attorney General, religious and business leaders, and prominent members of the community. Once it's passed, invite members of the general public, including students, to sign on. Here are proclamations from Rockford, IL, San Diego, CA, Patchogue, NY, Lincoln County, OR, and San Antonio, TX as well as a general sample proclamation you can use as inspiration for writing your own.