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2013.05.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Helps Northwest HS Become 'No Place for Hate'

Omaha - While Omaha Northwest High Magnet School has always been a place for students to learn, it is now a school that is also “No Place for Hate” thanks to a service learning partnership with social work students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

In celebration of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently honoring Northwest High Magnet School for its commitment to fight back against hate speech and bigotry, representatives and supporters will come together on Wednesday, May 15, to learn more about what it means to be a “No Place for Hate” school.

The event will take place at Northwest High Magnet School from 6 – 7 p.m. and is open to friends and members of UNO and Northwest High Magnet School, but not the general public. Media is encouraged to attend.

In order to address the problem of hate, the Northwest High Magnet School student council, under the direction of John Nguyen, a special education instructor at Northwest, applied for recognition as a “No Place for Hate” designation from the ADL.

The ADL’s “No Place for Hate” program challenges schools across the country to sign a pledge and enact school programs that make sure every student feels welcome. Omaha’s Anti-Defamation League office serves all of Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa.

To complete the application, UNO students from Jacqueline Reiser’s Social Work and Civic Engagement class collaborated with the Northwest High Magnet School student council on ideas and activities that would help them earn the “No Place for Hate” recognition. Reiser’s class also helped Northwest High Magnet School’s student council obtain perspectives on becoming a “No Place for Hate” school from parents of Northwest High Magnet School students.

The partnership was facilitated by the P-16 Initiative in the Service Learning Academy at UNO. As part of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups:

- UNO students and their teachers
- Pre school-through-high school students and their teachers
- Community organizations and their members

Through these service learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.

The May 15 event will serve as the culmination of the “No Place for Hate” project, but also as the launch of a much longer commitment by Northwest High Magnet School to make sure it is a place where all students can feel safe.

For questions about the May 15 event, contact Laura Krueger, Service Learning Associate, at 402.554.2712 or by email at lkruger@unomaha.edu. For media requests, contact Charley Reed, UNO Media Relations Coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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