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Southern Poverty Law Center



The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Launched in Spring 2018, SPLC at Stony Brook University will further SPLC's goals by raising awareness of the growth and activities of hate and extremist groups, laws and policies that derive people of their civil and human rights, and by promoting an atmosphere of acceptance and respect on campus and in the community. These goals will be furthered through activities such as:

  • Identifying issues that community members feel are relevant to the campus community and then working to improve the campus climate through education, discussion, and activities;
  • Planning events such as speaker panels, film screenings, and policy change activities to help raise awareness in the larger school community;
  • Sponsoring a Mix It Up event to break down barriers between students and improve intergroup relations; and
  • Promoting a campus-wide dialogue about the release of SPLC's annual active hate group count.

The SPLC at Stony Brook University will use SPLC's Teaching Tolerance materials to foster understanding and respect for individuals' and the community's diversity.


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