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Bullying Awareness Month
From 'us-them' to just 'us':
An Educator's Story

Bullying Awareness Month: Eryn Osterhaus

As the students of Rangeview High School in Denver rapidly grew more diverse, the school became divided and unwelcoming. To deal with this, the administration brought in ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative, and students and teachers alike participated in ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, making Rangeview more harmonious.


Before we started working with ADL, there was no cohesive student body. There was an us-them mentality between blacks and Hispanics, whites and blacks, haves and have-nots. There was no sense that there was a Rangeview community, as there is now. I think No Place for Hate® matters because it gives us a framework to help students examine their own biases, to figure out who they are and what they want in the world, and to ultimately come together and decide they want the world to be a positive place. … If you were to walk down the halls, one of the first things you would notice is what a positive place this is. You would also notice students from every walk of life—they’re all together in the halls, and they get along famously. That’s something we’re very proud of, and something we’re working to keep as a standard within our building.

Eryn Osterhaus, Assistant Principal,
Rangeview High School, Denver

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