Students at Salisbury University will embark on a journey to end bullying this week as the Student Government Association presents their annual Stop Hatin’ Week.
Stop Hatin’ Week is filled with events carefully planned by the SGA. These events celebrate and highlight the importance of campus diversity.
The first event was the “Love is Louder” campaign. Students were challenged to come to the Fireside Lounge and fill in the blanks that said, “Love is louder than _________” and “I stop hatin’ because _________.” They then had their photo taken with their written message.
The campaign was started by the Jed Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood and alone. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced “Love is Louder” as a way to address issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression.
Vice President of Diversity, Mario Orellana said that the SGA strives to embrace diversity through a variety of ways. This year, they’ve branched out to other departments such as the Multicultural Student Services to create events and show that SGA is there to serve as a member of the community.
“This event alone is not just for SGA, it’s a new innovative way to promote diversity and equality but most of all respect among students. ” Orellana said.
Junior Senator Lauren Fogle said she hopes students take away a positive message than the past.
“I learned about this campaign in high school. I had anxiety as a kid, and the message of this campaign helped me get through the day.” Fogle said.
The SGA says that they offer students the chance to have their voice heard by making the changes to campus that they want to see.
“Being in SGA has given me the chance to be involved and spread messages that are important to me.” Fogle said.
Orellana said that his favorite part about being apart of SGA was the opportunities that you are awarded, the leadership development you receive, the friendships you make and the differences you can make.
“Every student that joins the SGA takes away something unique.” said Orellana
Stop Hatin’ Week will continue on today with the film showing of Selma in Devilbiss Hall 123.
DISCLOSURE: The author previously served as a member of Salisbury University’s SGA.