TITUSVILLE, Pa. – For the second year, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville will sponsor a week’s worth of activities to emphasize “we’re stronger than hate.”

            The “Week When We’re Stronger Than Hate,” begins Jan. 21 and will feature events that are free and open to the public.   

            “More than ever before, it is important that we unite and stand strong against hate,” said Dr. David Fitz, Pitt-Titusville campus dean. “We want to send the message, during this week and the weeks to come, that love is stronger than hate. We hope our friends and neighbors in the community will stand with us and take part in one or more of these activities.”

            To begin the week, Pitt-Titusville and YWCA Titusville will hold a Walk Against Hate beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The event will start at Boomer’s Café in the McKinney Student Union, proceed to Titusville High School and the YWCA, and end at the Episcopal Church.

            At each location, there will be a brief presentation and group discussion about a particular topic: At Boomer’s, members of the Pitt-Titusville Black Student Union will lead the discussion on racism. At the high school, students there will talk about stereotypes. At the YWCA, personnel will focus on a piece on happiness from when the Dalai Lama visited the United States. At the Episcopal Church, the topic will focus on religious tolerance and understanding.

            Following the talks, participants will gather to eat pizza and share additional thoughts and ideas.

            On Thursday, Jan. 24, Pitt-Titusville students will participate in the “Hate Has No Home Here” project. The purpose of the project, which was created in 2016 in a neighborhood of Chicago, is to counter hate and intolerance by sharing positive messages and designating safe places for conversation, work, learning and living.

            Pitt-Titusville students will distribute “Hate Has No Home Here” posters in the community in the hopes that business owners and residents will display them. Additionally, students will sign a banner on campus to declare that hate has no home at Pitt-Titusville.

            Later that day at 7 p.m. in Boomer’s Café, Dr. Paul Nelson, associate dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, will give a presentation titled “The Social Practice of Human Rights and Sustainable Global Development,” which addresses the intersection between human rights advocacy and sustainability initiatives, two of his research areas.

            Prior to joining Pitt in 1998, Nelson worked for 13 years as a policy analyst for several non-governmental organizations. Currently, he is writing a book on sustainable development goals and human rights. His other publications include articles, chapters and reports on NGOs, transparency in international organizations, the World Bank, the Millennium Development Goals, and human rights and development. He serves on the board of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

            He holds a doctorate in international development from the University of Wisconsin.

            The “Week When We’re Stronger Than Hate” will conclude on Saturday. During the men’s and women’s home basketball games, the Student Activities Board will distribute free “Stronger than Hate” T-shirts to Pitt-Titusville fans while supplies last. The shirts carry the same design as those distributed on the Pittsburgh campus last fall to honor and memorialize those affected by the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting on Oct. 27, 2018.