Office of Diversity & Inclusion

The Hate-Bias Response Team

Functions & Role

  • The primary role of the hate/bias response team is to review hate/bias incidents, to provide appropriate responses based on the nature of the incident and to work collaboratively to provide educational outreach to the campus.
  • The team does not replace any of the current procedures and protocols in place to resolve alleged violations of policies regarding student conduct, discrimination, sexual misconduct, or violations of criminal law. Rather, the team seeks to ensure to that there is a more streamlined and effective process for handling hate and bias incidents, including providing support to impacted parties.
  • The team does not seek to limit academic freedom, but rather, to foster a campus community where students, faculty and staff of all identities feel welcomed and supported.

Members

The Hate-Bias Response Team is comprised of members from the following campus units:

  • The Counseling Center
  • The Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Office of Resident Life
  • The Office of Strategic Communications
  • The University of Maryland Police Department
  • The University Health Center

Goals

The goals of the hate-bias response team are to:

  • Implement and continuously improve a streamlined system for the campus community to report hate-bias incidents
  • Provide a coordinated response to hate-bias incidents with input from impacted individuals and key stakeholders
  • Provide immediate support for those impacted by hate-bias incidents.
  • Monitor patterns of hate and bias incidents on campus in order to provide recommendations to university leadership for trainings, programs, policies and practices
  • Continuously engage the campus community members in education, dialogue, and awareness around hate and bias
  • Implement and continuously improve a system for communicating reports of hate-bias incidents to the campus community.

Key Collaborators

The Hate/Bias Response Team also works closely with various divisions across campus, who can provide expertise. These include:

  • The Student Government Association
  • The Graduate Student Government
  • The LGBTQ Equity Center
  • The Nyumburu Cultural Center
  • The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy [MICA]
  • The Office of Student Conduct
  • The Student Government Association
  • The University Chaplains
  • The University of Maryland Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life
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