I use this program to establish an inclusive community.
Start out by making signs for people to decorate that say “My room is Hate FREE. Please help me keep (insert the name of your residence hall here) a safe place for everyone!” I like to have a related picture on the signs.
Print out enough of the signs to have one for each room in your hall (and some extras for mess-ups) on one color of cardstock.
To execute the program, set up a table in your residence hall (I prefer to do it right next to the front door) with all of the cardstock placards and markers, and invite people to make the commitment to have a hate-FREE room.
Have them color one if they do, and then write their room number on the back.
Go around the hall after the program and hang up each completed design. Try to hang them up all in the same place next to each door so it’s uniform.
This program leaves a visual representation of a very positive community. We did it in my hall and it was VERY successful. Almost every door has one, and people seem to be very respectful.
Submitted by Amy Hutt, Resident Assistant