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This year, Campus Climate, in partnership with the Hate Response Team, Equity & Affirmative Action, and the Division of Diversity & Inclusion, is piloting a Hate/Bias Response Challenge Network.

A challenge network is "the group of people that you trust to push you to get better." (WorkLife with Adam Grant at a TED original podcast: How to love criticism) 

The purpose of the Hate/Bias Response Challenge Network is to build a large coalition of equity literate stakeholders who will:

1) offer critical analysis to the Hate Response Team,

2) promote deeper awareness and understanding for hate/bias trends within respective circles of influence, and

3) identity, guide, and advocate for institutional policy changes needed for equitable culture shifts.

The Challenge Network will meet in the Hall of Nations from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on 6 Fridays throughout the 2019-20 academic year:

  • September 13 (Kick-off meeting)
  • October 18
  • November 22 (3310 Union)
  • February 21
  • April 24 (Closing Reception)

Regular meetings will be shaped around 3 components:

  • Information sharing: The Hate Response Team will provide a summary of reports and an overview of current-year concerns and trends. 

  • Response Evaluation via the Case Method (Gorski & Pothini): Small groups will grapple with case studies in an effort to critically assess HRT and the larger campus response. 

  • Action Planning: The larger network will co-create steps to implement equitable change across campus.