No Place for Hate
Upper St. Clair School District believes that having a school community where all children feel safe and respected is an important foundation to academic success. That is why all Upper St. Clair schools are adopting No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences, and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.
“We want all students to feel safe, supported, and included in our schools,” Lauren Madia, assistant director of student support services, said. “Research supports that a positive school climate is directly linked with healthier students and better learners, and it takes all of us to create that environment.”
Developed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – No Place for Hate® helps incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into the district’s existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity.
“Our buildings have long delivered programming to support community building and bullying prevention among students,” Mrs. Madia said. “By striving for No Place for Hate designation, we have the opportunity to examine our programming and enhance it to ensure that we are specifically educating students about the value of understanding how facets of our identity shape our uniqueness and the critical nature of inclusivity and respect for all.”
In August 2019, Upper St. Clair faculty, school counselors, teacher aides, school secretaries, and principals underwent training on responding to bias incidents and supporting students. Throughout the 2019-20 school year, each of the district’s six schools will form a No Place for Hate Committee consisting of students, parents and staff. Each building committee will plan and implement three activities focused on diversity, inclusion, bullying prevention, and allyship.
At the end of the school year and upon successful completion of the program, each USC school will receive a banner to display marking its achievement with the No Place for Hate® program.
Online Resources for Educators, Parents & Families
The No Place for Hate® Pledges
Middle & High School
- I will seek to gain understanding of those who are different from me.
- I will speak out against prejudice and discrimination.
- I will reach out to support those who are targets of hate.
- I will promote respect for people and help foster a prejudice-free school.
- I believe that one person can make a difference—no person can be an “innocent” bystander when it comes to opposing hate.
- I recognize that respecting individual dignity and promoting intergroup harmony are the responsibilities of all students.
- I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.
- I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me.
- If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.
- I will help others to feel safe and happy at school.
- I will be part of making my school No Place for Hate®.
No Place for Hate® School Coordinators
- Upper St. Clair High School: Dr. Dan Beck, assistant principal
- Fort Couch Middle School: Erin Peterson, principal
- Boyce Middle School: Dr. Dan O’Rourke, principal
- Baker Elementary: Dr. Patrick McClintock-Comeaux, principal
- Eisenhower Elementary: Mark Miller, principal
- Streams Elementary: Dr. Lindsay Klousnitzer, principal