STOP BIAS. Be Informed. Be Involved. Be Empowered.
When you report incidents of bias, you help us take a major step forward in becoming the community we aspire to be. No one should be mistreated because of their race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability or veteran status-and it’s our shared responsibility to stop discrimination and bias when we see it. We can work together to build a safer, healthier, stronger, more respectful and inclusive John Carroll community.
A Brief History
Our goal of the Stop Bias campaign is to stop acts of bias within the John Carroll University community. While there have been a number of initiatives over the years to promote diversity, this particular campaign was launched in February 2012 to encourage and urge the campus community to be informed, involved, and empowered.
We shared information widely with the campus via workshops, presentations, and posters. We introduced an online bias reporting tool as a vehicle where members of the community, especially students, can report acts of bias and intolerance with the assurance that all reports will be acted upon.
A Look Ahead
At the start of the 2013-14 academic year, we tweaked our campaign message with the introduction of our Stand Up to Bias message. Plans for the year include opportunities for members of the campus community to become more actively involved in efforts to stop bias, including:
A discussion of Tim Wise’s White Like Me was incredibly well received with nearly 90 faculty, staff, and administrators signed up to participate in conversations about the text prior to Tim Wise’s visit to campus in September 2013.
We anticipate organizing book discussions each semester. The spring 2014 text will be Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel in anticipation of his visit to campus in April 2014.
We are reviving the Intergroup Dialogue program (formerly known as Carroll C.A.R.E.S). Intergroup dialogues are face-to-face meetings between members of at least two different social identity groups and should provide an opportunity for open and honest conversation about race, religion, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and/or gender depending on the composition of the group. For more information, contact Lauren Bowen, associate academic vice president for Student Learning Initiatives and Diversity, or Donna Byrnes, associate dean of students.
Bystander Intervention Workshops
Facilitated by Amanda Rolf, program coordinator of JCU’s Violence Action Prevention Center, and Danielle Carter, director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, these workshops will teach participants how to interrupt acts of bias and intolerance. Workshops will be offered each month this fall.
Additional programs and events, including the Shirley S. Seaton Cultural Awareness Series, Safe Zone training, a Student Leader Summit, and Celebrate Diversity Week, are sponsored throughout the school year by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Visit the CSDI website: sites.jcu.edu/inclusion for information about these and other culturally engaging and enriching programs.
As a member of the JCU community, you have an obligation to take an active role in fostering an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and sending the message that bias-related acts will not be tolerated. Those who feel they have been the target of bias as well as those who have witnessed or been told about an incident by a target of bias should submit this online report or contact a member of the Bias Reporting Team directly:
- Lauren Bowen, Associate Academic Vice President, 216.397.4374
- Danielle Carter, Director, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, 216.397.1505
- Bud Stuppy, Director of Human Resources, 216.397.1905