No Place for Hate Committee

 The two student leaders of No Place for HateThe initiative was sponsored by the No Place for Hate committee—a team of teachers, parents, and students that coalesced around improving and maintaining a positive school culture so all students can thrive. 

One of the committee leaders, social studies teacher Marc McAlley, referenced the dedication to inclusion and respect that coursed through the student body last year after Judith Altmann, a Holocaust survivor, spoke at the school. 

“We didn’t want that to be a one-time thing,” said McAlley. “We contacted the Anti-Defamation League for additional resources. No Place for Hate is their program.” 

“When I heard about it, I was interested,” said Taylor Bell, a junior, and student leader on the No Place for Hate committee. “Anything that makes students feel safer is a good thing.” 

No Place for Hate has been holding monthly open forums. The steering group, made up of two student leaders—Lauren Munoz, a freshman, and Bell, as well as Vicki Weiss, an English teacher, McAlley, and Kim Piccolino, Assistant Principal, weaves student ideas into a tapestry of programs. 

Second Step Includes Personal Acts of Kindness

Wellness Includes Unity and Respect

The No Place for Hate committee is also working with the DASA (Dignity for All Students) Club on John Jay High School's Wellness Day, an annual event each spring. They’ll look for ways to include bullying prevention and anti-bias—such as the hallmarks of healthy relationships and a discussion on perceptions of the word ‘Indian,” John Jay’s mascot—to self-care essentials like nutrition, mindfulness, and drug and alcohol prevention.

Over fifteen hundred schools around the country have earned No Place for Hate designation including Somers High School, Dobbs Ferry High School, and Edgemont Junior-Senior High School. John Jay hopes to complete the process this spring.