Think Before you Speak
Overcome Cultural Biases
Encourage peers, friends, and family members to do the same.
Join activities, programs, courses, and practices that promote diversity and social justice
Lose stereotypes about any group. There is no such thing as a “positive” stereotype. All stereotypes are inherently negative, hurtful, and damaging.
Embrace your fellow students’ racial, ethnic, religious, political, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, and gender differences.
If you experience or witness an act of bias or hate, report it to someone in authority. You may file a report on line at www.bias.rutgers.edu and you will be contacted within 24 hours.
Bias Acts Are:
Verbal, written, physical, psychological acts that threaten or harm a person or group on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status.
Bias is defined by the University as an act, verbal, written, physical, psychological, that threatens, or harms a person or group on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, atypical heredity or cellular blood trait, military service or veteran status.
The New Brunswick-wide Bias Prevention Committee
Since 1992, the Bias Prevention Committee has monitored the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus for bias incidents and has provided bias prevention education to staff, students, and faculty. Members of the Committee have been invited to join by the Vice President for Student Affairs and represent the major student affairs, student life, and student service units on campus. Its mission is to work with students and all members of the campus and University to prevent, anticipate, respond to acts of bias and intercultural conflict, and to restore the community in the aftermath of bias incidents and conflicts. As educators, Committee members are committed to enriching students’ co-curricular experiences and leadership activities and believe that multicultural awareness and “taking an anti-bias stance” are critical to student development.
The Bias Prevention Committee is comprised of a range of professional staff members whom students may contact regarding bias incidents and multicultural sensitivity. The Committee meets monthly, but bias incidents may be reported at any time to the Committee member of your choice.
Bias acts are often disruptive. However, such acts may not always be in violation of civil, criminal or University codes, and therefore will not result in discipline. Acts of bias may warrant discussion or education about how they affect other members of the University community.