By: Cody Boteler, Editor-in-Chief
A new campaign, #NotAtTU, became visible on campus Monday, with a formal launch scheduled for Thursday, between noon and 3 p.m. in Freedom Square.
“It’s centered around creating an anti-racist and hate-free campus climate,” Student Government Association President Kurt Anderson said.
Students can now go to towson.edu/notattu as a “one-stop shop” for hate/bias reporting. The page includes information about what a hate/bias incident is, what to expect after reporting an incident and a link to report incidents, among other information.
Recently, a series of incidents at the CLA Café renewed a conversation about reporting hate/bias incidents at TU. Students gathered in Freedom Square and communicated their frustrations with the system during a “Unity Rally” April 22.
Anderson said that the campaign isn’t a direct response to the incidents at the café or the student sit-ins last semester.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Anderson said. “We rushed it because of what’s been happening.” Originally, he said, the campaign was supposed to launch after the minimester, but it took longer than expected to develop.
Anderson said a “bigger campaign” will continue in the fall and feature video promotions.
In an email, Ron Butler, the director of Residence Life, announced HRL’s commitment to the campaign Friday.
“The ‘#Not at TU’ campaign will include posters on every floor and across TU with the message that hate has no place on our campus and how to report incidents of hate/bias,” the email said. “The University will investigate all reported hate crimes and hate/bias incidents.”