Anti-Defamation League - Pacific Northwest Region Programs
No Place for Hate in Schools
ADL’s No Place for Hate
® initiative in the Pacific Northwest provides local schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions to create and maintain a positive school culture. No Place for Hate
provides a unique opportunity to empower students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one empowering message. The initiative is provided at no cost to participating schools, thanks to generous supporters like you.
ADL also offers professional development workshops for educators which provide teachers and administrators with skills to build safe, respectful learning environments for all students. ADL’s student workshops prepare middle and high school students to confront bullying and prejudice in their schools and communities.
Advocating on behalf of fair treatment for all, ADL works to ensure our communities remain safe and free from intimidation and harassment. ADL processes discrimination complaints for victims of discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
Protecting Civil Rights
ADL Pacific Northwest Region maintains close ties to local, state and federal legislators, lobbies on pending legislation, organizes meetings with elected officials to discuss issues of concern to ADL, and assists legislators with resources and programs.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
ADL Empowers Students to Lead Cyberbullying Conversations
As part of an emotional 2013 MLK Day program, 70 impassioned teens at a Seattle-area high school led group conversations with 1,500 of their fellow students. The topic of choice was the devastating impact of online cruelty on its targets. ADL met with these 70 student-facilitators during two multi-hour training sessions prior to the big day in order to educate them about cyberbullying and to train them in the art of facilitation. During these prep sessions, the self-selected and teacher-nominated group overcame hesitations to openly share their own experiences as both targets and online aggressors. They examined the oft-held teen perception that “what happens online stays online,” and instead learned to embrace a different mantra: “If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online.” On MLK Day, all 1500 students met for a school-wide assembly about cyberbullying, and to hear a keynote speaker from Microsoft. Then the 70 teen-facilitators fanned out to lead classroom groups through a series of ADL-created activities designed to encourage safe exploration of an emotional topic. As one student observed, "Our school has been needing this for quite a while, not just another 'bullying assembly' but a reality check. Thank you for your help, it was really nice knowing that my opinion was heard and appreciated. I feel so passionate about what you and ADL stand for.”
ADL urgently needs community funding to support anti-bullying workshops and the No Place for Hate® initiative in schools.