Representatives from more than 20 campus, Greek and partner organizations attended the inaugural Summit Against Hate, hosted in Indianapolis this summer by Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and partners Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity and the Anti-Defamation League.
“Whether it is the drawing of a swastika on a residence hall door, a student walking through campus with anti-Semitic rhetoric written on his or her clothing, or physical violence simply because of someone’s Jewish identity, this form of hate is growing,” ZBT said in a news release about the summit.
Participants discussed ways to improve their campus environments.
“As a Hillel professional from a small public liberal arts college, I found the information to be very relevant and to answer a lot of questions that I didn’t yet have,” said Laura Matthews, the Hillel program coordinator at the State University of New York at Geneseo.
ZBT expressed the belief that the practice of one kind of hate breeds more hate and can turn a campus into a hostile environment for students of all backgrounds.
“The Summit Against Hate helped me to see the overall picture of hate prevention and how my Greek organization can support chapters and campuses across the country. It provided me the language and tools to use in my everyday work,” said Becky Gleason, the director of education and curriculum design for Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.
Debby Barton Grant, the CEO and executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, called the Summit Against Hate “an amazing experience. Powerful conversations and collaboration between our organizations will make sure that we are addressing issues of hate head-on for years to come.”