BY CHARLEI BAYLOR
Stop Hatin’ Week was kick-started with a Love is Louder campaign in Fireside and an address from keynote speaker, Dr. Manav Ratti titled “Be the Change”.
After an influx of teenagers lost their lives to suicide, The Love is Louder campaign began in 2010 by The Jed Foundation, MTV, and actress Brittany Snow. The movement was created to support those who were feeling hurt, misunderstood, or cast to solitude and inspire positive thoughts and actions.
In honor of Salisbury University’s annual Stop Hatin’ Campaign, planners joined the national movement. Many students met in GUC’s Fireside to write “Love is louder than” messages on colorful Post-it notes to support the campaign.
“The more voices that join the movement, the louder the message becomes. #LoveisLouder.”
Each student came up with original messages, took individual pictures in front of a beautifully painted Love Is Louder banner created by the Stop Hatin’ campaign and SU Art Club.
“With your help, we are getting even louder” reads the campaign website.
The messages were placed on the boards for a collaborative message of powerful inspiration. More than 10 message boards were created with the help of students.
“My favorite note was a note that read ‘Love is louder when you speak up and reach out.’ It was great seeing the students be so receptive and advocate diversity,” SGA Senator, Dallas Jordan said.
“We are here to raise the volume around a critical message––that love and support is more powerful than the external and internal voices that bring us down, cause us pain and make us feel hopeless,” says the campaign site.
The campaign aims to involve as many people as possible. They encourage anyone to “join the conversation” on Facebook and Twitter or upload a 30 or less video to MTV’s website sharing what the world that “Love is louder than (insert your message here).”
“I enjoyed the event. I think it was a great start to stop Hatin’ Week. It was great to see students come up with positive messages that mean a lot to them. The turnout was great for a new event; we received more messages than I anticipated,” Jordan said.
The campaign has partnered with Active Minds, Ad Council, DoSomething.org, Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love is Not Abuse and Stomp Out Bullying! among many other popular campaigns for equality, self-love, and anti-bullying.
The well-contributed campaign on SU’s campus was followed by a lecture from Salisbury’s own Dr. Manav Ratti. Held in Guerri University Center’s Wicomico Room at 7 p.m., the lecture encouraged Salisbury Univeristy staff and students and community members to “be the change that they want to see.”
Wicomico Room was filled as English Professor and author of The Postsecular Imagination gave an uplifting message towards communal change towards greater acceptance.
The campaign and lecture was an excellent jumpstart of the annual Stop Hatin’ Week 2015. The community looks forward to the rest of this week’s events including showing of the movie Selma, Open Mic Night and the Multicultural Leadership Summit. For a full list of the rest of this week’s events, see below:
Thursday: (weather permitting) Visit Wicomico Room from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate Salisbury’s Heritage Day!
Chill out at Fireside Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and enjoy and Open Mic Night. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Friday: If you happen to miss the viewing of the movie Selma, don’t fret! The movie will be played in GUC’s Wicomico Room at 7 p.m.
Saturday: To conclude the week, the Office of Multicultural Services will be holding the annual Multicultural Leadership Summit in Wicomico Room at 8 a.m. This year’s theme is: A World of Opportunities: Leadership, Exploration and Development. Students will be discussing topics of personal brand building and social justice. If you’re interested, contact Laura Hutchinson at (firstname.lastname@example.org).