First, learn about your rights under the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000. Verbal harassment and name-calling are prohibited under California law.
Learn how to file a complaint about harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
If your answer is yes, then launch GSA Network’s Take It Back: Anti-Slur Campaign.
1. Research & Evaluation
Researching the prevalence of slurs on your campus is a great way to start a campaign to fight slurs on your campus. You can conduct your research in a number of different ways
(and you don’t need approval to do these!):
2. Peer Education
Educating your peers is perhaps one of the most effective ways of curbing slurs on your campus as well as making your school safer for everyone. Learn how to interrupt slurs when you hear them around campus, or hold a teach-in after school or practice guerilla theater.
3. Teacher Education
Teachers can be powerful allies who can stop harassment and name-calling. Cultivate and nurture teacher allies who will commit to intervening regularly when they hear hateful speech. Organize a teacher training after school or during a professional development training day at your school.
4. Visual Activism
Art activism is a powerful way of bringing attention to your cause. Your GSA or a coalition can make armbands, buttons, T-shirts, ribbons, stickers, etc. with messages and slogans that will encourage others to take a stand against slurs. Consider if your GSA or coalition might also be able to display posters in teachers’ classrooms. You can start by getting some free posters from GSA Network.