High school and middle school students take stand against hate at ADL youth summit at UHLC

University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes stressed the importance of treating people with respect and equality at the 10th annual Beau and Abe Merfish No Place For Hate Youth Summit.

Nov. 29, 2016 – Hundreds of young students recently pledged to combat bullying, discrimination and negative stereotypes at the Anti-Defamation League's 10th annual Beau and Abe Merfish No Place For Hate Youth Summit at the University of Houston Law Center.

"This year's Beau and Abe Merfish No Place for Hate Youth Summit helped more than 300 students and 70 educators learn strategies for recognizing and responding to bullying, and also helped them brainstorm creative ways to continue to make their schools No Place for Hate," said ADL Southwest Regional Director Dayan Gross. "In today's climate of escalating level of hate towards minorities, ADL plays a critical role where students and teachers can envision a more respectful America and break down stereotypes before they become a source of hatred."

"I'm very thankful the Law Center was able to host this event, because there is no place for hate," Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes added in his welcoming remarks. "We are in very difficult times where the discourse and discussion about different issues has changed remarkably at the national and local level."

The summit had the participation of several private schools and a number of students from schools in local public school districts, including:

  • Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
  • Fort Bend Independent School District
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Humble Independent School District
  • Katy Independent School District
  • Klein Independent School District
  • Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • Spring Independent School District

After the introduction, students broke up into groups to further develop skills to identify and interrupt bullying on their respective campuses.

"Hate is destructive," Baynes said. "It goes against our better nature. Everyone wants to be treated fairly and equally. Everyone deserves respect no matter what their background is – no matter what their gender is, no matter what their race is, no matter what their immigrant status is, no matter what their sexual orientation is."

The event was sponsored by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, BNSF Railway, the Brown Foundation, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Marathon Oil Corporation, the Sonnie Schepps Robinson Foundation, Spectra Energy and Sysco.

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