Guiding Principles

Prevention - discourages hate, bias, and harrassment incidents and supports a community to recover with resiliency after they occur

•  Be alert, notice, and publicize events that may incite hate
•  Take time to learn about the history of bias, hate and anti-hate efforts
•  Learn to listen courageously, reflect deeply, and dialogue respectfully
•  Develop and participate in education and training about sources of hate and constructive community actions
•  Read more about why we should be concerned about preventing hate and bias on campus

Security  - protects the physical and emotional health of an entire community.

•  Report incidents using the online form or to a member of the Student Affairs Office, a member of the Macalester College Harassment Committee, or the campus Safety and Security Office upon witnessing or experiencing a hate incident
•  Read security reports and updates
•  Watch out for each other and use the campus escort services

Education  - promotes awareness and examination of the realities of bias, hate and harassment and a community’s need to be vigilant. 

• Use incidents to increase your awareness of the systemic causes of hate
• Review these guiding principles and support a coalescing community response
•  Access available on-line resources and reporting sites to understand how to take effective action
•  Participate in training and workshops to understand cultural differences and how to become a better ally for social change:
•  Participate in campus conversations to understand the connection between community and identity:

Communication - Early detection, reporting, consultation, and a coordinated response to incidents are critical to the welfare of community members.  Effective communication balances the need for speedy and accurate reporting to protect safety against the need to protect confidentiality of victims, avoid re-traumatizing, or reinforcing attention-seeking behaviors.      

•  Support centralized communication of information that is vetted for accuracy by informed stakeholders
•  Increase and share communication between communities and offices.
•  Help make communication prompt, clear, accurate and consistent.
•  Help provide new information to support updates
•  Report and support documentation of incidents

Collective Responsibility - required for stopping and overcoming the impact of bias, hate, and harassment incidents. 

•  Remember that one person cannot overcome any incident or its impact alone
•  Learn roles you can play to educate about hate and harassment and to support those affected
•  Apply guiding principles

Community Caring  - reminds victims that hate and harassment do not represent the entire community and they are not alone.

•  Be aware of the ways an incident makes an individual and members of a targeted community feel vulnerable
•  Express concern publicly to support affected parties
•  Recognize that public displays of caring also send a message that hate is unacceptable and unwelcomed
•  Express caring to reflect, reinforce, and enhance community values.

 Civic Dialogue is encouraged to mediate the protection of free speech against hateful speech to overcome the impact of hate and harassment incidents.

•  Understand the difference between debate and dialogue: Participate in campus conversations to understand the connection between community and identity:
•  Understand the boundaries between protected and unprotected speech
•  Proactively develop and practice skills to hold difficult dialogue
•  Learn to listen deeply and courageously
•  Learn the difference between protected and unprotected speech

Intervention  - offers immediate and sustained support to protect individuals and a community

•  Assess severity and the type of action needed
•  Support both individuals and communities that have been impacted.
•  Utilize resources on campus
•  Ensure each action connects and complements other actions
•  Apply a multi-disciplinary intervention approach