You can’t read it too well, but the window on the right says “Create a culture of kindness.”
Over this week, the GSA and HRA (about 20 people) at my school conducted an experiment during which we made tally marks on the cafeteria window, without telling people what we were counting. Every time we heard someone use a word related to sexuality in a derogatory way (“That’s so gay,” “fag,” “whore,” etc), we made a tick on the window in green. Every time we heard someone use a word related to the cognitively impaired in a derogatory way (“retarded,” etc.), we made a tick on the window in orange. Every time we heard someone use a racial slur or insult someone because of their ethnicity (even jokingly) we made a tick on the window in red.
After four days, the tallies were:
They did the same thing at our middle school.
Today was the big reveal. All the teachers had to talk about it in their first block classes (which they must have loved), and ask certain questions that the GSA and HRA made up. Those included “Are you surprised?” and “Would you rather be part of the problem or part of the solution?” I know that in my class, it actually had the desired effect.
It was actually a really fun project. It was cool to get the GSA and HRA working together, and the planning and orchestrating went smoothly. The results were a little disheartening, but I’m sure we’re a lot better than some places would have been. Overall, I think it was a success.