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USG holds first-ever EndHate week

Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government will hold its first-ever End Hate Week beginning Monday and ending Thursday. Credit: Courtesy of USG

 

Undergraduate Student Government is holding its first-ever EndHate Week to educate students about other cultures and spread the message of inclusivity on campus while working toward ending stereotyping.

The anti-discrimination campaign will run Monday to Thursday, consisting of an event each day.

“[During EndHate] week, we plan to have events that help students to dismantle any kinds of stereotypes they have for the identities they don’t know; to eliminate discrimination on campus; and to make OSU campus and Buckeye nation more inclusive and welcome to everyone,” said Lei Guo, deputy director of the diversity and inclusion committee.

The week stemmed from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s original idea of an EndHate OSU campaign created in 2015.

USG’s help with Time for Change Week, a time period devoted to educating students on clean energy and recycling practices, inspired the idea for a week dedicated to a cause, said Farhan Quadri, director of the diversity and inclusion committee.

The leaders of EndHate Week said they would like for this to be more than a one-time only event.

“[USG] hopes if it goes successfully enough, we can start to have EndHate week every week, and maybe one day it can be as popular or as impactful as Time for Change has become now on campus,” said Quadri, fifth-year in biomedical engineering.

The anti-discrimination week will kickoff with an event called “EndHate Chalking” where Guo, a second-year in public affairs and political science, said students are invited to line up on The Oval to chalk on encouraging language about diversity and inclusion on the pathway.

Other events for the week will include “Diversity Discussion: The Deaf Perspective: Language Acquisition and Access to ASL” on Tuesday; “Culture Flash” on Wednesday and “Ask Me Anything” to finish the week Thursday.

Guo said she hopes the week will be memorable for the students, adding she hopes it will allow for the Ohio State community to reflect on the inclusivity demonstrated every day on campus.

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