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Social justice speaker to address impact of hate

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – One of the nation’s foremost advocates on alternative lifestyle issues and the prevention of hate crimes will be the speaker at Southeastern Louisiana University’s seventh annual Social Justice Speaker Series on Wednesday, Nov. 2. 
     Shane Windmeyer, founder and director of Campus Pride, will speak at the 2 p.m. free event in Pottle Auditorium. Campus Pride is the leading national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for students.
     Windmeyer has been helping students, faculty, and campus life professionals become advocates for hate-free campuses for more than a decade. He has trained more than 1,200 people to actively prevent and respond to hate crimes through the national Stop The Hate Train the Trainer Program.
     “Many do not understand the impact of bias and hate on a college campus,” said David Burley, assistant professor of sociology. “This lecture is intended to create a foundation of understanding surrounding hate crimes, explore prejudices, and motivate individuals to make a difference fighting hate on the campus community.”
     The event is being co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Southeastern, the Southeastern Sociological Association, and the Dukes of Orleans. For more information contact Burley at (985) 549-5443, or by email at

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