Hate Has No Home Here is an initiative supported by MSU’s Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) department, which began in the spring of 2018 following bias incidents on campus and anticipating the arrival of white nationalist, Richard Spencer. The social marketing campaign is focused on sharing the “Hate Has No Home Here” message across campus and social media with a goal of highlighting the REHS department and MSU’s intolerance on incidents of hate. Through the use of posters, stickers and digital graphics, students are encouraged to participate in sharing the Hate Has No Home Here message and take a stand when messages of hate occur on campus and in the community.
In the spring of 2019, the campaign was expanded to include the messaging “You Have A Home Here.” This was done to remind all students that they have a place at MSU regardless of their background or various social identities. The second version of the campaign focused on maintaining a positive, supportive living environment in the residence halls and apartments.
Following the introduction of Hate Has No Home Here at MSU, The REHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, led by Sharon Chia Claros, developed the REHS Pledge and Promise. The REHS Pledge and Promise is a commitment as a department to continue to work towards diversity and inclusion, equity, and social justice. The 2018 pledge and promise is available here.
In November 2019, the MSU Black Student Alliance (BSA) asked REHS to create a pledge that the MSU community could sign to show their support of an inclusive and hate-free community at MSU as part of their list of demands. We began asking MSU students, faculty, staff and community members to join us in signing the Hate Has No Home Here pledge as a commitment to keep hate and harm away from our campus. We developed the pledge language in consultation with 2019-20 BSA e-board members, the Residence Halls Association and the diversity chair of ASMSU.
“Hate Has No Home Here” posters and graphics are regularly shared throughout the residence halls, dining halls, apartments, and on social media. REHS and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team continues to collaborate with student leaders as we work to further serve the student population of Michigan State University.
See more resources, affinity groups and support departments that work to combat hate and provide an inclusive environment on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage.
REPORTING INCIDENTS OF DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
Residence Education and Housing Services works to ensure that all residents feel safe, secure and welcomed to the Michigan State University community. Incidents of discrimination and/or harassment in the residence halls or on-campus apartments are taken very seriously.