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November 10, 2004
U of G to hold Hate Crimes Vigil
The University’s annual Hate Crimes Vigil will be held at the Bullring Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The event, co-ordinated by Residence Life staff, is open to everyone.
The vigil aims to enhance awareness of the reality of hate activity and to motivate change, says Melanie Strike, a U of G student who chairs the 2004 Hate Crimes Vigil committee. It’s also an opportunity to acknowledge and support the victims of hate crimes and their friends and families, she says.
“One of the purposes of the vigil is to inspire the students, faculty and staff of Guelph to become agents of change. Every person has the power to make a difference. People can discourage hate by simply learning about diversity and spreading the anti-hate message in their everyday interactions.”
The theme of this year’s vigil is “A Future Without Hate.” The event will include a multimedia presentation and comments from Patrick Case, director of the Human Rights and Equity Office; Lucy Reid of the Multi-Faith Resource Team; Ryan White from the Central Student Association; and representatives of the Jewish Students’ Organization. There will also be a short performance by the Wellness Education Training Troupe.
“We want to focus on eliminating hate activity through the promotion of diversity, acceptance and peace,” says Strike. “Attending the vigil is a great way to demonstrate your support and commitment to anti-hate at Guelph.”