The Writing on the Wall Project is a program at the UofA designed to reduce hate speech on campus and in the community, Academic Engagement staff said.
“The Writing on the Wall Project allows students, faculty and staff to write statements of injustice that they have heard others say that they would like removed from the world,” said Stephanie Adams, associate director for Academic Engagement within University Housing.
The project will take place on the lawn near Maple Hill South, and the wall will stand from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Several student organizations will provide entertainment Oct. 2, and a brief program with a keynote speaker will take place before the wall is torn down.
“Considering the issues that are being discussed across the nation recently, I believe the Writing on the Wall Project will provide an opportunity for discussion on some of these issues, as well as open students' eyes to the way in which their words and actions can affect those around them,” RIC President Russell Sharp said.
The goal of the program is to show support for people who have been treated unfairly and alienated through hurtful words, Adams said.
“Our hope is that when the wall comes down, it will demonstrate a dedicated effort by the university as a whole to eradicate and confront hateful speech on campus,” Adams said.
The Writing on the Wall Project has taken place at other institutions and was recommended to University Housing by a coordinator for residence education.
Everyone is invited to join the event, and Housing staff hope students will be involved, Adams said.
Housing has partnered with Associated Student Government, Residents’ Interhall Congress, National Residence Hall Honorary, New Student and Family Programs and the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education to create this program, Adams said.
“I have been a victim of hate speech before and see how hurtful it can be,” senior Jeff Thomas said. “This type of bullying needs to be put to an end, and I think this is a great movement to bring awareness to this issue. Just hearing about the project makes me optimistic that fellow students will gain something from this event, whether it is forgetting a hurtful thing that was said to them or learning from others how wounding words truly can be.”