In May 2021, the Connecticut ADL (Anti-Defamation League) officially designated Fairfield College Preparatory School as a 2020-21 No Place For Hate® School! Fairfield Prep is one of only eight schools in Connecticut to achieve this designation, accomplishing this during a global pandemic over the past school year.
In a press release, the ADL applauded Fairfield Prep for our commitment to promoting equitable and respectful learning environments, having achieved a No Place for Hate® (NPFH) designation. Prep is one of the first schools in the state to have participated and completed ADL’s NPFH program. In the coming year, ADL will be expanding the initiative into a greater number of communities across the region.
The initiative is a school climate improvement program that provides staff, students and their families with a framework to take a stand against all forms of hate and communicate a clear, unified message that all students have a place where they belong.
Ruben Goodwin, Prep's Director of Diversity, led the initiative at Prep. One activity included joining with a group of Fairfield University students in a book club which read a book about hate and inclusion, and joined with Fairfield University students in a live discussion with the author. Prep students from various cultural clubs participated in a virtual campus visit from New York Times Bestselling author Nic Stone who wrote "Dear Martin." Our students were able to listen to her story and have a Q&A with her about the novel. Goodwin commented on the success of the program:
"Fairfield Prep is elated to become an official No Place for Hate school. As a Jesuit, Catholic school, we have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the ADL for over three decades. Our designation as a No Place for Hate school only serves to reinforce our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to the ends that we foster peace in our world."
No Place for Hate first launched in CT in 2019-20 with a pilot program at Hamden High School. Since the full launch of the program in the Fall of 2020, students, teachers, and administrators from each school completed a series of school-wide initiatives designed to build more inclusive and equitable communities. As part of their participation schools were required to form a committee, host a school-wide pledge signing, and hold at least three activities that involve active learning that focus on recognizing differences and promoting respect.
“At a time when the number of bias incidents in our schools and communities continues to proliferate, No Place for Hate ® provides schools with tools and resources to actively engage the school community and to affect positive social change,” said Steve Ginsburg, ADL Connecticut Regional Director.
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