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101 Ways You Can Beat Prejudice
In Your School
11 Recite the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute pledge, or a similar pledge against prejudice created by your student body, at a school-wide assembly
12 Display a poster-size version of the pledge in a prominent area of your school and encourage people to sign it
13 Establish a Diversity Club that serves as an umbrella organization to promote harmony and respect for differences. Reach out to sports teams, drama clubs and language clubs for ideas and involvement. If your school already has a Diversity Club, hold a membership drive.
14 Initiate classroom discussions of terms such as anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, homophobia and bias. Then compose a list of definitions and post it in a prominent place.
15 Invite a motivational speaker who is a recognized civil or human rights leader to address an all-school assembly. Videotape the speech and publish an interview with the speaker in the school and local newspapers.
16 Organize an essay contest whose theme is either a personal experience with prejudice or a success story in the fight against it. Suggest that the winning entries be published in your school newspaper, featured in your town newspaper, highlighted on a local cable program, or sent to the ADL office.
17 Create an anti-prejudice slogan for your school that could be printed as a bumper sticker and sold in the wider community to raise funds for these efforts.
18 Hold a "Rock Against Racism" or a concert, dance-a-thon, bike-a-thon, car wash or battle-of-the-bands and donate the proceeds from ticket sales to underwrite diversity training and other programs for the school
19 Form a student-faculty committee to write "Rules of Respect" for your school and display the finished set of rules in every classroom.
20 Invite your district attorney, police chief or a representative from the attorney general's office to speak to your school about civil rights, hate crimes and other legal aspects of the fight against prejudice.
21 Designate a wall space on or near school grounds where graffiti with a harmonious and unifying message can be written, drawn or painted.
22 Publish a newsletter specifically devoted to promoting respect for diversity and publicizing multicultural events. Try to have your local newspaper or community Internet Home Page do the same.
23 Encourage representation of all students on every school board, committee, group, publication and team.
24 Write an original song/chant/rap that celebrates your school's diversity, and perform it at school rallies and other events.
25 Create a flag or poster that symbolizes your school's ideal of diversity, and display it at games, assemblies and other school events.
26 Hold a T-shirt contest to come up with a logo or slogan like "I Don't Put Up With Put-Downs." The winning T-shirt design could be printed and sold at your school bookstore or in local shops, at community events or sports competitions.
27 Create a calendar with all the holidays and important civil rights dates represented in your school community.
28 Participate in a poster campaign such as ADL's "You Can't Turn Your Face Away From Hate" that encourages people to intervene when confronted with instances of prejudice.
29 Create an orientation program that addresses the needs of students of all backgrounds so that they feel welcome when joining the student body.
30 Initiate a pin drive in which students look for pins with positive slogans and tack them onto a designated bulletin board in the student lounge or other central gathering area.
31 Poll your teachers about their ethnic/cultural backgrounds and experiences and their experiences with prejudice. Ask each to write a short paragraph on the subject that can be compiled along with photos in a teacher "mug book."
32 Produce a "Proud Out Loud" video comprised of interviews with students and their grandparents about their ethnic heritage and why they are proud of it.
33 Host a Poetry Slam in which students read aloud original poems/raps that break down stereotypes and promote respect for diversity. Invite participants to present their work to PTA meetings, Chamber of Commerce events, and other community groups.
34 Research pro-diversity Web sites. Then build a Web page for your school and link it to others on the Internet.
35 Contact ADL about monitoring hate activities on the Internet
36 Create a student-run Speakers Bureau where students of different backgrounds speak about their heritage. Identify local community leaders, civil rights veterans, Holocaust survivors and others to partner with students in this effort.
37 Devise a skit contest with themes that promote diversity.
38 Turn a school assembly into a game show for students of all grades called "Cultural Pursuit." Ask teachers to develop questions covering every discipline and hold "culture bees" in their classrooms to determine assembly contestants.
39 Devote time in art classes to designing a Diversity Quilt with each patch representing a student's individual heritage. Have all classes combine their patchwork squares to form a school quilt for display in the community.
40 Organize a No-Ethnic-Humor Open-Mike Nite featuring stand-up comedy by students.
41 Meet with food services at your school to discuss the possibility of featuring ethnic cuisines on a regular basis. Consult with local restaurants and community groups to participate in the program
42 Request that a student-faculty committee establish an annual A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Day when regular classes are suspended and community members and leaders are invited to speak on and explore diversity with students. Consult with ADL to plan this program
43 Construct a multimedia display that examines how today's media perpetuates stereotypes. Consider current films, television sitcoms, music and advertising campaigns, in addition to newspapers, magazines and books
44 Research peace negotiations going on around the world regarding ethnic or racial conflict. Then stage a Mock Summit in which students take on the roles of international leaders and try to resolve these crises
45 Look for examples of youth who have struggled to overcome oppression throughout history and create an original dramatic performance based on their experiences.
46 Sponsor a "Dance for Diversity" dance-a-thon and approach a local radio station about broadcasting live from your event. The station could also run student-written PSAs leading up to and following the event
47 Establish a school exchange that matches students from different schools to bring youth of differing backgrounds closer together.
48 Start an annual multicultural film festival at your school. Invite community groups and local theaters to be cosponsors.
49 Recreate the Ellis Island Immigration Station for a school-wide event. Involve teachers from all disciplines to create period costumes and scenery, and to prepare traditional foods. Issue passports to all students attending and lead "new immigrants" through the interview process
50 Collect samples of popular teen magazines and comic books from around the world. Ask your librarian to set aside a special corner for them in the periodical room.
51 Research children's books representing the experiences of different ethnic groups. Then initiate a reading program with a local bookstore or library that features these books
52 Survey local card and gift shops for product lines geared to diverse groups. Write to greeting card companies and local merchants to advocate for expanding the diversity of selections. Coordinate a contest to create a line of cards/note paper that promotes respect for diversity.
53 Approach the guidance office about hosting a career workshop led by professionals who can discuss diversity in their respective fields.
54 Ask your school to host an Internship Fair for groups such as ADL and other civic organizations that hire student interns.
55 Advocate for the production of school plays that are sensitive to multiculturalism and incorporate a variety of roles and perspectives representing a diverse cast, audience and story.
56 Ensure that musical selections of school bands and choruses are culturally diverse
57 Speak to each of your teachers about posting a list somewhere in the classroom of famous pioneers/leaders in their field with a special focus on diversity.
58 Collect famous speeches about civil rights. Put them together in a binder or in a video collection and make it available to your whole school community.
59 Research civil unrest in this country: from rebellions during slavery to Chicago in the 1960s to Los Angeles in the 1990s.
60 Survey the colleges in your area about diversity and affinity clubs at their schools. Invite a panel of representatives to speak to the senior class about "Prejudice on the College Campus: What To Look For ­ What To Do."


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