AUSTIN, Texas—Students at The University of Texas at Austin this week are observing "Keep UT Hate Free Week" with a fair, rally, panel discussions and other activities throughout the week supporting a safe environment for dialogue and encouraging awareness and appreciation of the many different people who compose the university community.
Activities Monday, March 26, included a Dollars and Sense Day program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Main Building Room 212 examining how socioeconomic status affects people’s access to education and lives as students.
Tuesday, March 27, is Keep UT Hate Free Day, featuring a student organization fair and rally on the West Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to highlight the wealth of diversity on campus. Administrators and students will be invited to use the open microphone time to share their cultures, religions and nationalities with the student body. In the evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 210 and 212 of the Main Building, a panel of invited guests of faculty and administrative officials will speak about their experiences and how they have been witnesses or victims of stereotypes, prejudice, or ignorance.
Wednesday, March 28, is Celebrating Religious Diversity Day when a panel of speakers will share the historical background and meaning of the world’s many religions from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of San Jacinto Residence Hall.
Thursday, March 29, is Dimensions of Diversity Day, which explores the multiple identities that individuals possess in terms of religions, socioeconomic classes, gender, sexuality, age or nationality. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Recreational Sports Center.
Activities on Friday, March 30, will include an event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Jester City Limits that looks toward the future. Students, faculty and staff will discuss and evaluate the best ways to continue constructive conversations about diversity and a hate-free environment.