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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 22, 2011

Student groups sponsor 'Erase the Hate Week'

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Several student-led organizations at Northwest Missouri State University are teaming up to sponsor a week of events and activities aimed at highlighting diversity while promoting awareness and tolerance.

"Erase the Hate Week," Jan. 24-27, is sponsored by Northwest's Residence Hall Association (RHA), Common Ground, Student Activities Council, the Alliance of Black Collegians (ABC), and BRIDGEs (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences).

The free events scheduled throughout the week are open to Northwest students faculty and staff. The scheduled events include open forums and speakers as well as a rave with dancing and other activities.

"It was important for us to reach not only students but faculty and staff as well," RHA President Megan Carson said. "Events such as the RHA Hate Wall and the RHA Rave were tailored specifically to students, while other events such as the SafeZone Training will be for faculty and staff. Open forums and speakers throughout the week will bring the two populations together. We are hoping the benefits members of the Northwest community gain from the week will demand for ‘Erase the Hate Week' to become an annual event."

During the week, Northwest students and employees also will be encouraged to sign a pledge to serve as a promise to uphold the Northwest community through tolerance, awareness and unity, Carson said. "Erase the Hate" bracelets also will be handed out. 

RHA and SAC also teamed up to sponsor Dr. Maura Cullen who is described as the Whoopi Goldberg of diversity education. Cullen will give separate presentations, titled "Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say," in the J.W. Jones Student Union Tower View Room. She will talk to students at 11 a.m. and faculty and staff at 2 p.m. A third presentation at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater is open to the entire campus community. 

"The sessions are excellent resources for members of the Northwest community to understand inclusive language," Carson said. "Campus leaders such as organizational officers, resident assistants and other student employees will find the student sessions especially helpful as they are designed for them to have fun and improve intercultural communication skills." 

Other highlights include the "Final Fiesta," hosted by Common Ground, Tuesday night.  The RHA Rave will feature live music, food, mini golf, indoor bowling and prizes. 

A complete schedule is listed below. For more information, contact Carson by e-mail at

Erase Hate Week schedule

Monday, Jan. 24

BRIDGEs presentation: "Hate: Exploring the Dark Side of Humanity
1 to 2 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room

Tuesday, Jan. 25

(All events in the Student Union and sponsored by Common Ground)

2 to 3p.m. - LGBTQ group discussion with speakers Dr. Sheryl Guth and Steve Sanders

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Religion and Homosexuality with speakers Rev. Paul R. Smith and Rev. David Hunker

5 to 7 p.m. - SafeZone Training with speakers Stephanie Eiken and Kash Dhanapal

7 to 9 p.m. - Final Fiesta

Wednesday, Jan. 26

(Sponsored by Alliance of Black Collegians)

"Erasing the Stereotypes"
6 to 7 p.m., Student Union First Ladies Room

RHA Rave: "Dance for Unity"
8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 27

(Sessions sponsored by Residence Hall Association and Student Activities Council with speaker Dr. Maura Cullen)

Student session: "Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Student Union Tower View Room

Faculty and staff session: "Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say"
2 to 3:30 p.m., Student Union Tower View Room

Take Down the Hate Wall
3:30 p.m.

BRIDGEs presentation: "The Effect of Words: A Hate Language Debrief"
4 to 5 p.m., Student Union Living Room

Campus-wide session: "Taking Adversity Out Of Diversity"
7 to 8:30 p.m., Charles Johnson Theater

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468