The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s student-led “Hate Will Never Win” initiative is expanding under a new name.
Now called “Power of Huskers,” the initiative began as a call for unity in February 2018 and grew to a rally attended by more than 1,500. The student-led project continues with a “Discovering Our Story: Power of HUSKERS” activity at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Willa Cather Dining Center, Red Cloud Room. A limited number of “Hate Will Never Win” T-shirts will be available to students. Refreshments will also be provided.
The event, which is free and open to the entire campus community, will feature four distinct activities intended to encourage engagement between individuals. Combined, the sessions provide participants with knowledge to spur meaningful conversations.
“This is a good, structured opportunity for students to speak frankly about diversity and inclusion,” said Charlie Foster, director of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. “You won’t have to worry about saying the wrong thing. Instead, it will be a structured activity that takes all of that painful stuff out and provides the necessary information about how to have conversations with others.”
Due to a copyright issue with the “Hate Will Never Win” name, the event signals a change in the name of the student-led initiative. Programs, including “Discovering Our Story,” are now “Power of HUSKERS” events.
“As with the first name, students came up with the new title,” Foster said. “While we are working with students to support this initiative, it very much remains an organic, student-led project.”
Support for “Discovering Our Story” is provided by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska, OASIS, Student Affairs and Athletics.
Additional “Power of HUSKERS” activities are being planned and will be announced.