The UNC-Chapel Hill community, like others across the United States, has experienced in recent months painful incidents of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia, leading to increased feelings of fear and vulnerability on campus. In addition, less visible forms of racism permeate our everyday lives and inform the structures within which we live and work.
In response, the College of Arts & Sciences launched the Countering Hate initiative in fall 2019. The initiative comprises programming and curricula that can draw audiences from across our community and create new understanding of these troubling phenomena. Among the questions to consider: What developments and conditions lead to the rise of hate groups and acts of violence? What do racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiments share? What can we as a community do to effectively address manifestations of these sentiments when they arise? As the College learns from this initiative, it will look to support other faculty and College units allied to this purpose and confronting still other forms of hate. In this attention to confronting new threats to vulnerable groups, including those of us who are LGBTQIA, the College commits to fostering new possibilities for community on campus and beyond.
“What developments and conditions lead to the rise of hate groups and acts of violence, and what can we as a community do to effectively address these sentiments of hate when they do arise?”
—Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean of social science and global programs