This page contains information and resources for Stonehill College community members and visitors who were impacted or know of someone impacted by bias incidents.
The #HillAgainstHate campaign seeks to spread awareness of incidents of hatred and bias on the Stonehill College campus and send a message that these acts do not belong in our campus community.
The #HillAgainstHate campaign is a response to a number of incidents of bias and hatred that have occurred on the Stonehill College campus and that have had a significant impact on historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.
On February 7, 2019, the College hosted a teach-in event, Light and Hope against Hate, which sought to bring the community together to share in learning, dialogue, activism, and healing in response to overt bias incidents and acts of hate that occurred at the end of the fall 2018 semester. The goal of the teach-in was to explore the impacts of bias incidents and hate speech and to bring the Stonehill community together in solidarity against hate and bias on campus.
Beyond the teach-in, we at Stonehill are committed to continuing the conversation on how to resist hate speech and create a campus environment that is safe and welcoming for all members. In light of the College's commitment to honoring the dignity of every individual within our community, we must commit to the work of facilitating a culture of respect, compassion, and reconciliation.
Being a Prosocial Bystander
At Stonehill College, we aim to provide all community members with the skills, knowledge, and tools available to take active steps to address bias and hate on campus. We, therefore, ask and expect that all Stonehill community members serve as prosocial bystanders when they encounter acts of bias or hate on campus, big or small. Here are some ways in which you can be a prosocial bystander and address bias and hate in your everyday interactions:
- Address the offensive behavior directly. It is important to let the person who is engaging in offensive or hateful behavior know how their behavior is impacting others. Here are some examples of how you might start that conversation:
- "Excuse me, but I noticed you said/did _____. Do you mind asking what you meant by that statement/action?"
- "Hey, I just want you to know I heard what you said/saw what you did, and I am feeling angered/frustrated/concerned, etc."
- "Instead of saying (the offensive statement), you might want to think about the words/language you're using and try a different phrase instead."
- Support the victim(s) in the moment. As offensive or hateful acts occur, it has the potential to impact members of the community, particularly if they are members of underrepresented communities (e.g. people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, etc.). If you are concerned about someone, consider reaching out to them in a respectful and appropriate fashion:
- Ask them what they may need at the moment. If they state that they do not need anything, simply respect that and let them know you are thinking of them.
- Show compassion to someone in need. It is also helpful to pay attention to signs of distress and offering support to help that person navigate their emotions.
- Serve as an ally or advocate. It can be difficult for someone who is a victim of a bias or hate incident to advocate for themselves. Use that moment to speak in support of those individuals, while being respectful of that individual's dignity and perspective.
- Seek help from peers, mentors, or campus staff. In situations where it may be challenging to address hate or bias incidents on your own, enlisting support can help you address these incidents as effectively as possible
- Use this moment to pay attention to your surroundings. Are you noticing that others are uncomfortable with the incident? Consider checking in with those individuals and seeing about addressing the incident together with the person engaging in the offensive behavior.
- Consider reaching out to a fellow peer or student leader such as a Resident Assistant, Advocate for a Brighter Stonehill (ABS) Leader, Peer Mentor, or other student leaders on campus.
- If health and safety are of great concern or if there is an emergency, please contact the Stonehill College Police Department at (508) 565-5555.
- Take an educational approach with the offenders. In some incidents involving bias, people who engage in offensive behavior sometimes are unaware that they are causing harm. Nonetheless, it is important to address the behavior from a place of compassion and avoid doing further harm to those individuals.
- Consider relating to the person engaging in the behavior. There may have been a time when you once made offensive statements or engaged in problematic behavior. Using your own personal experiences, you may be able to connect with the person engaging in the behavior to think about their actions and make different choices in the future.
- Try and focus on engaging in dialogue, not debate or argument. Dialogue is about seeking to understand another point of view before being understood. Don't focus so much on being right, but on understanding the behavior and sharing a different point of view that might help them think differently.
- Remember that they deserve dignity just as much as anyone. It is important to recognize that a person's biases do not define who they are and that they deserve a chance to learn how to be more just and compassionate towards others.
Campus and Community Expectations
We at Stonehill College are committed to creating a campus environment where every member of our community and our guests feel at home and are not targets of hate or bias. We strive to keep community members informed of the resources available to them whether they are impacted by bias or hate or wish to expand their learning. This resource list is a partial one, and we aim to update this page with additional resources as we learn about them.
We encourage all Stonehill community members to consider reviewing the following documents and pages to become more familiar with the College's community expectations and commitments regarding diversity and inclusion.
- Mission & Philosophy: Our Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Community
- 2018-2020 Institutional Diversity Action Committee (IDAC) Plan
- Bias Education Response Team & Bias Incident Protocol
- Stonehill College Policy Manual: “Opposition to Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination”
We also encourage you to review some of the training opportunities available offered annually, as well as local, state-wide, and national resources that may be of support to you.
- Bystander Intervention Training for Sexual Assault Prevention - The purpose of this program is to help prevent sexual assaults by teaching students, faculty, and staff about warning signs and giving them the tools they need to take action. For more information on this training, please email Jess Greene, Wellness Coordinator, at email@example.com.
- Conference on Diversity and Inclusion - The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is an annual event that seeks to bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stonehill College. The conference serves as a venue for sharing programs, curriculum ideas, teaching practices, student experiences, and leadership development practices that strive to create a culture of belonging at the College.
- Developing Your Toolkit: Intercultural Knowledge, Skills, and Awareness - Participants of this session will understand how one's worldview, biases, and assumptions impact relationships with others, including co-workers, students, faculty, and community stakeholders as well as learn about the benefits of demonstrating culturally competent attitudes and behaviors in an organizational setting.
- Lead with Courage: Responding to Everyday Bias on Campus - This training session is designed to give community members knowledge, skills, and awareness to become prosocial bystanders in the Stonehill Community and beyond. Participants will learn about different types of bystanders and their actions, better understand Stonehill College's community expectations about bystander intervention, and learn techniques to become a prosocial bystander.
- Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP): This program provides concrete tools for confronting, interrupting, and preventing gender-based violence. By empowering participants through a unique bystander approach to prevention, MVP enables communities to stand up against all forms of gender-based violence and challenges participants to understand and embrace their roles as leaders when faced with these issues.
- Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress - This program will explore various types of student distress impacting psychological wellbeing so that attendees can gain skills in recognizing these signs. This program will provide skills around responding to and assisting students, and then connecting them to appropriate resources. Strategies on assessing the level of urgency of student needs and asking about risk will also be provided. For more information about this session, please contact Counseling Services at (508) 565-1331.
- SafeZone Series - The SafeZone Series workshops are designed to educate the Stonehill community about the history of, differences within, and challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community, both on campus and within a national context
Bias Education Response Team
Campus Police & Safety
Brother James Madigan, C.S.C.
Chapel of Mary
Chapel of Mary
Stress that you would like to access an “urgent” appointment
Academic Services & Advising
Campus Ministry Chapel of Mary
Institutional Diversity Action Committee (IDAC)
"Light and Hope against Hate" Teach-In LibGuide
Residence Director (RD) or Resident Assistant (RA)
VP for Student Affairs and/or Dean of Students
Additional Off-Campus Resources
- A New Day - Free and confidential crisis counseling and advocacy services to all individuals impacted by sexual or relationship violence.
- Family & Community Resources - Providing services to youth and adult victims of trauma in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands.
- Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination - This organization protects the residents and visitors of Massachusetts from discriminatory treatment based on their membership in a protected class, such as race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more.
- Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) - MOVA upholds and advances the rights of crime victims and witnesses by providing outreach and education, policy advocacy, policy and program development, legislative advocacy, grants management, and service referrals.
- Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition - A state-wide advocacy organization that works to change policies, practices, and laws that impact trans youth, adults, families, and allies
- Office of the Attorney General, Maura Healey: Commonwealth of Massachusetts - The Massachusetts Attorney General serves as an advocate and resource for the people of Massachusetts, including investigating and prosecuting crime and advocating for civil rights.
- Project Implicit: Harvard University - The Implicit Associations Test (IAT) is an opportunity to learn about your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics.
- Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - An international advocacy organization that seeks to combat anti-Semitism and acts of hate against marginalized communities through education, activism, and prevention efforts.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - National non-profit organization that seeks to defend and guard the civil rights of underrepresented communities in the United States and nearby territories.
- Brookings Institution - Public policy organization in Washington, D.C. that addresses local, national, and global social issues through in-depth research.
- Center for American Progress - Independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.
- Campus Pride - National organization that supports leadership development of LGBTQ+ students, and advocates for safer, LGBTQ+-friendly colleges and universities.
- GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) - Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
- Know Your IX - A youth- and survivor-led project that seeks to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.
- Muslim Advocates - National civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to empower the voice of American Muslims and ensure that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.
- National Organization for Women (NOW) - As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.
- Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education - OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.
- Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice & Innovation - Race Forward aims to achieve racial equity through effective action grounded in innovative approaches and system analysis of complex race issues.
- Southern Poverty Law Center - Organization with a goal of fighting hate and bigotry in pursuit of justice for underrepresented members of our society through education, litigation, and other forms of advocacy.