Stronger than Hate @ USC

As our community confronts a rising tide of identity-based hatred, USC Shoah Foundation and USC Museums have come together to form the USC Stronger than Hate initiative. Our collective is dedicated to root out and resist hate in its many forms: antisemitism, anti-Black and anti-Asian racism, islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, and the many other ways of othering. The initiative involves staff and faculty, schools and centers, and of course our students. As the streets, social media and physical spaces fill with demands for action and change, our response is to create a robust, inclusive cultural and academic program that represents our diverse community, providing practical educational tools and resources, a new way to map and make visible things that divide us and robust resources for connection, outreach and support. Download the PDF for more information.

The Mission: To build alliances across difference, counter hatred, and foster a culture of antiracism.
Our Values
Our values center around building a better common life together, even in the absence of common ground. That means we create safe spaces so all of us can show up whole. We live and learn together with care and compassion. We aim for inclusivity and practice empathy. Our mutual respect is apparent, even when we disagree, because we listen with patience, learn with gratitude and support others' dreams and aspirations. Leading with these values helps us build solidarity and contest systems of inequity. That creates lasting change. What we practice, we become.
Get Inspired

Exhibitions, stories, dialogues, performances, presentations that confront, question, explore and surface.

Get Informed

Practical tools, publications, courses, resources and opportunities to deepen understanding and develop empathy.

Get Active

Making connections and putting into practice being stronger than hate.

Meet Our Partners

Dr. Erroll Southers

The first negative interaction with the police at the age of ten, shaped the trajectory of Erroll Southers’ life and career. From that moment he knew he wanted to reform policing and change the relationship between the police and the black community from the inside out.

Southers joined the Santa Monica police department as a police officer, working gangs and other details for seven years. He was appointed to the FBI, working foreign counterintelligence, terrorism and as a member of the Bureau’s SWAT Team. He served Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director in the California Office of Homeland Security, Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department (the nation’s largest airport police department). And finally he served as President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration.

Dr. Erroll G. Southers is now the Director of the Safe Communities Institute and Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he is also a Professor of the Practice in National & Homeland Security. With police reform at the top of mind, experts across the country are tapping Southers’ vast experience and expertise to create the change he has always sought at the local and national level - placing an emphasis on humanity above all else to restructure and rethink policing and safety.

Partner Events and Programs

The Just and the Blind
Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and presented as part of the 2019 Create Justice forum, The Just and the Blind is a powerful multimedia experience that illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and their families. Artfully and powerfully combining live performance, short films, and honest conversation, spoke…
  • February 9, 2021
Scholar Lab on Antisemitism
Under the auspices of USC Shoah Foundation, Scholar Labs convene scholars at all levels to engage in focused inquiry on topics, issues and wicked problems. Labs are designed to provide participants with opportunities to engage with peer scholars within and outside their disciplines to bring their expertise, their particular frames of reference and methodological approaches to bear on the scholarly inquiry of important issues of our time. Supported by Albert Tapper, the Inaugural Scholar Lab in Spring 2021 will focus on antisemitism.


Safer at Home
Safer at Home is an online exhibition of objects from the ONE Archives Collection at the USC Libraries organized by its curator, Alexis Bard Johnson. Safer at Home is an invitation to examine the many facets of home as well as what safety means and looks like for LGBTQ populations—both past and present.…
  • August 5, 2020 to July 31, 2021
We Are Here
Asian communities in Los Angeles abound with diversity. A multitude of ethnicities and nationalities from across the Asian continent are present here. Residents have sought fresh new opportunities, arriving as refugees, economic migrants, students, or professionals.…
  • August 5, 2020 to July 31, 2021
Stronger than Hate Student Leadership Program
First online session October 16th – 17th, 2020. University student leaders in this program will develop leadership capacity and skills for developing testimony-based resources and strategies. Through exploration of testimonies from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, participants will learn to deploy testimonies of survivors from the Holocaust and other genocides as a tool to humanize the manifestations and impact of antisemitism and other forms of identity-based hate. Participants will create an actionable plan that advances equity, diversity and inclusion efforts in this dynamic, research-based, action-oriented program.
Religion of Sports Podcast: More Than A Game

Many of us experience sports much like religion: they give us a shared identity, a sense of community, and a common purpose. So what wisdom can we draw from the sports world to help us navigate the chaos and confusion — and also the awakening and transformation — happening today? Join host Varun Soni, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California, in this limited-run series from Religion of Sports.

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