Anti-Bias Campaign

What is the ASUPS Anti-Bias Campaign?

Due to recent anti-semitic, racist, and anti-black graffiti around campus, we wanted to share with you some of the experiences students are having on our campus. These experiences are often ignored, looked over, or minimized. In collaboration with Institutional Research, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, ASUPS launched this video as a reminder that bias and hate is not tolerated on our campus. In addition to these posters, there is a video circulating on the ASUPS and CICE Facebook pages, there are posters around campus showing statistics about bias and hate on our campus, and workshops will be available!


Why should this matter?

According to new information from the U.S. Department of Education, the number of reported campus hate crimes increased by 25 percent from 2015 to 2016.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2016, the department found that colleges and universities reported a total of 1,250 hate crimes, defined as offenses motivated by biases of race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.


Do issues of bias and hate happen at Puget Sound?

Definitely. Check out our Anti-Bias Campaign video on our the ASUPS or CICE Facebook page to hear some of the experiences of students on our campus.

Based on the Campus Climate Survey for 2015:

  • 16% of students reported that they felt excluded, silenced, ignored, discriminated against, or harassed, even subtly, as a result of their gender, by other students.
  • 11% of students reported that they felt excluded, silenced, ignored, discriminated against, or harassed, even subtly, as a result of their race/ethnicity, by other students.
  • 62% of students agree that at Puget Sound, there are certain groups who feel excluded from the campus learning community.

We know that it may be difficult and even daunting to think about enormous topics like racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression and the ways that they are supported and created. But that doesn't make it any less important that we build the knowledge to understand them and begin to deconstruct them from our community. This page is designed to help you engage in contemporary and historical conversations surrounding important topics on social justice. These topics are often difficult, and at times it may be uncomfortable to engage with them. We have been taught ways of thinking that are oppressive but are no less deeply a part of who we are as a community, and it may be jarring to upend that thinking. This is completely okay and normal. We encourage you to push through, to reach out to friends and colleagues who can help you process, and to keep learning.

The resources below were curated by students, faculty, and staff at Puget Sound and serve as a starting place for you to engage in these difficult conversations; no judgment, just learning. We encourage you to browse the following content and to be talking about them with your own communities, on or off campus.

Resources

Educational Resources


Identity-Based Clubs

  • Queer Alliance
    Queer Alliance is a supportive community of queer and ally students, affirming all sexual orientations and identities. We work through social, political, and educational activism for equality for all sexual minorities.
    Contact: queeralliance@pugetsound.edu
  • Black Student Union
    Provides a more cohesive and culturally understanding environment for students of color. BSU also brings culturally diverse programs and lectures to Puget Sound. Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Student Diversity Center.
    Contact: Brie Williams
  • Latinx Unidx
    Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Student Diversity Center
    Contact: Soli Loya-Lara
  • Asian Pacific Islander Collective
    Club that seek to engage the community on issues of race, culture, immigration, and intersectionality as it applies to South, South East, East Asian and Pacific Islander students.
    Contact: Jae Bates or Julia Lin
  • Jewish Student Union
    Fridays at 3 p.m. in the Social Justice Center
  • Asian Student Community
    Contact: Paul Huffman
  • Ka Ohana me ke Aloha
    Contact: Amber Odo
  • Visible Spectrum
    The mission of Visible Spectrum is to provide an inclusive environment for students of color who are in the STEM field.
    Contact: Simone Moore
  • Writing Support
    Students of Color Study Hour at the Center for Writing Learning and Teaching
    Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the CWLT (Howarth 109)
  • Center for Writing Learning and Teaching
  • Sexual Assault
  • Mental Health
  • Resources for Undocumented Students 
  • Reporting Resources
    • Bias-Hate Education Reporting Team (BHERT)
      The Bias-Hate Education Response Team (BHERT) aims to foster greater awareness of bias and hate on campus and how incidents of bias and hate may be shaping our community. BHERT cultivates a space for proactive dialogue related to emerging trends of bias or hate incidents on campus. BHERT represents a cadre of faculty and staff who take an active role in addressing trends of hate or bias incidents, create opportunities to confront these issues, and encourage dialogue for change.
      BHERT Reporting Form
    • Title IX
      Title IX is a law that forbids education programs that receive federal money from sex discrimination. "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
      File a Title IX Report
    • Jewish Advisory Committee
      Contact Anna Petersen, Jewish Life Coordinator 
  • Off Campus Resources