Loras College in Dubuque is observing Stop the Hate Week, where events all this week are aimed at increasing awareness of diversity.
This is the event's third year.
One of the event's founders, senior Sergio Perez, said he hopes the week gets people to think about the words they use, "just being sensitive to everyone. I mean, whether it is dealing with someone with a disability and not calling them a 'retard.' We're on campus, we should know a bit better of a vocabulary than that, just because, frankly, we're all human beings and we should be uplifting each other to feel as equals."
Co-organizer Matt Sanford said hate isn't just something that occurs on a large scale.
"These little things that we do as human beings to our friends, to our neighbors, we never think about things like that, but how much of an impact that can still have on someone and then as the culture as a whole," he said.
On Thursday, Stop the Hate Week is holding a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. on Loras's Academic Resource Center Lawn (rain site Wahlert Hall Lobby). Its main focus is the missing Evansdale girls and showing continued support for them and their family members.
Al the week's events are free and open to the public.
According to the Stop the Hate Week Facebook page, the week's events are as follow:
Monday, November 26
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: "What it means to be African American in Dubuque," presented by Loras College's Black Student Union in the Alumni Campus Center's Kehl Room.
7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.: "Creating a Culture of Respect," presented by DUBuddies in the Alumni Campus Center's Arizona Room. This session is on uplifting the human dignity of people with intellectual disabilities and how this affects the people that are present in their lives.
Tuesday, November 27
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: "Self Defense Seminar," presented by OVER in the Alumni Campus Center's Ballroom A.
Thursday, November 29
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: "Tony Liriano, being a Latino in Dubuque," presented by LISA LISA in the Alumni Campus Center's Arizona Room.
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: "Stop the Hate Week Candlelight Vigil," on the Academic Resource Center lawn (rain location: Wahlert Hall Lobby). Guest speaker Fr. William Joensen will address those gathered, as well as family members of missing Evansdale girls Lyric and Elizabeth.
Friday, November 30
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: Open mic night, with the theme "Upholding Human Dignity." That's in the Alumni Campus Center's Ballroom AB.
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