UCSD Fights Hate With Week of Events

The second annual Hate Free Campus Week, themed “”Breaking Down Walls, Opening Minds,”” will conclude on Friday, April 27 after a one-week run.

The event is coordinated by the Student Office for Human Relations and co-sponsored by Students for Justice and Equity and other organizations.

According to SOHR Program Director Julia Adame, the event’s focus is “”to promote the UCSD principles of community and send a message to the perpetrators of hate crimes that these actions will not be tolerated at UCSD.””

Alejandra Sotelo, a peer educator at SOHR, commented on the purpose of the organization and its role in the weeklong event.

“”We make the UCSD principles of community a living document by practicing it day in and day out,”” Sotelo said.

The Hate Free Campus Week is designed to extend the principles of community to UCSD students, who may or may not be aware of them.

Tuesday marked the Hate Free Campus main event, which included an art exhibition, student performances of poetry, dance and rap, and appearances by the SOHR Social Action Theatre. A.K. Black, a noted rap lyricist and self-proclaimed “”edutainer,”” was also present as the keynote speaker for the evening.

Adame kicked off the event by reading a proclamation written by San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy, who declared San Diego to be a Hate Free Zone on Monday after being inspired by last year’s Hate Free Campus Week.

The reading of the proclamation was followed by the first of four sketches performed by the Social Action Theatre throughout the evening. The sketch featured a mockery of a children’s educational television show, which depicted a cast trying to educate children about the importance of race relations in a less-than-inspirational manner.

After more sketches and a poetry reading, the evening progressed to an open-mic session in which students were encouraged to come on stage and share their poetry, rap or other performances.

For more information on the Student Office for Human Relations, visit its Web site at http://ugr8.ucsd.edu/sohr.

Donate to The UCSD Guardian
$2320
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists at University of California, San Diego. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment, keep printing our papers, and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The UCSD Guardian
$2320
$500
Contributed
Our Goal