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Events promoting awareness to help combat particular instances of hate and injustice will take place during United Against Hate Week March 28-April 2.

The week will begin with a day of silence Monday designed to honor those silenced by hatred. Participants will wear black and a “silenced” button. Those who would like to support the day of silence but not participate directly can wear a black and white ribbon. The period of silence will end at 4 p.m. on the steps of the Farinon Center. Signups for participants also will take place at Farinon.

From Tuesday through Friday, noon lectures and discussions about various issues of hatred will be held: “Share the Love, Give a Hug” in Farinon, and “Rape and Sexual Assault on College Campuses,” “Modern Anti-Semitism,” and “Environmental Racism” in Hogg Hall.

The schedule of evening activities:
Tuesday, March 29: Tom Martinez, a former neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan member, will present “Inside the Brotherhood of Hate,” a message about diversity and tolerance, 8 p.m. in Colton Chapel.

Wednesday, March 30: Nancy Hulse will perform “A Rose by Any Other Name” to raise awareness and combat rape 7 p.m. in the Farinon Center’s Marlo Room.

Thursday, March 31: Kadiatou Diallo will present “One Man’s Legacy, One Mother’s Pursuit of Justice” about the loss of her son, racism, and racial profiling 8 p.m. in Colton Chapel.

Friday, April 1: The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity will host “Return to the ’60s: Peace, Love, and Happiness.” Students are invited to dress like a hippie or in other ’60s attire for spinning in Phi Psi starting at 10 p.m.

The week will conclude Saturday night with a drag ball in the Marlo Room, featuring Vanessa MayHeim, “Queen of Lehigh Valley Pride.” The ball will begin at 10 p.m. and the drag show will start at 11 p.m. Performers are invited to sign up by emailing blevinsg with their name, song title/s, and artist/s.

United Against Hate Week is sponsored by Association of Lafayette Feminists, Students for Social Justice, Questioning Established Sexual Taboos, Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection, Association of Black Collegians, Nia (multicultural women’s support group), Hispanic Society of Lafayette, Hillel Society, Lafayette Activities Forum, Alpha Phi sorority, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, the Chaplain’s Office, the Department of Athletics, Lafayette Intercultural Networking Council, the women’s studies program, and the Counseling Center.

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