The Cut Hate (Cut H8) project was created for members of the WSU community to have a safe place to report incidents of bias they witness or experience.
Purpose of Cut H8
Wichita State University strives to create a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for all members of the WSU community, our alumni and visitors. We realize bias can and does occur on campus as well as in the larger community. In order to respond to bias incidents when they occur, it is important to have a place where members of the WSU community can report incidents they witness or experience. We must find a balance between protecting First Amendment rights and creating a welcoming campus atmosphere for all students.
Goals of Cut H8
- Create a support system for students who feel like they have experienced an incident of bias
- Form a place of education for the WSU community
- Facilitate open dialog where we can share different opinions
How to Cut Hate
The number one factor in reducing hates and stereotypes, according to social psychology, is education. Students who take courses related to stereotypes and prejudice have lower scores of hate, bias and discrimination (Rudman, Ashmore, & Gary, 2001). It is also a phenomenon with education in general populations as well (Sidanius, Sinclair, & Pratto, 2006).
Social norms and needs are changing, and they're discussed and learned in educational settings. Thus, Cut H8 is committed to educating the student of WSU on how to stop hate, bias and discrimination on our campus.
Stangor, C., Dr. (2014). Reducing Discrimination. Principles of Social Psychology – 1st International Edition, (11. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination). doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f
Rudman, L. A., Ashmore, R. D., & Gary, M. L. (2001). “Unlearning” automatic biases: The malleability of implicit prejudice and stereotypes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81(5), 856–868.
Sidanius, J., Sinclair, S., & Pratto, F. (2006). Social dominance orientation, gender, and increasing educational exposure. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(7), 1640–1653.