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ADL - No Place For Hate

Artwork created as part of student engagement at Burbank Elementary in Hayward, a “No Place for Hate” designated school.

Helping Schools become No Place for Hate®

The goal of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) programs is to not only imagine a world without hate, but to move toward creating one. ADL works to combat extremism, anti-Semitism, and all forms of discrimination to promote a more just world. No Place for Hate® is an Anti-Defamation League initiative to assist schools and other educational institutions create environments that are safe, respectful and inclusive.

No Place for Hate nationally has helped over 1600 schools to combat bias, bullying and hate through an annual process of student engagement. No Place for Hate designation begins with a commitment to actively promote a climate of respect and to complete a series of anti-bias projects over the academic year. Receiving this designation gives public recognition to students, educators and administrators whose efforts create positive school environments.


GFF has been partnering with the ADL’s Central Pacific Region since 2008 to support their local educational programs in the Bay Area. Our projects have supported various initiatives to combat all forms of hate and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

  • GFF provided financial support for an annual ADL Youth Leadership Summit in 2009-2011, a one-day conference which brought together high school students from around the Bay Area to meet with their peers and discuss issues of hate and prejudice in order to develop strategies to disrupt bias and be upstanders in their schools and communities..
  • GFF sponsored A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® anti-bias trainings and workshops for students, teachers and staff at Bay Area public schools serving low-income communities. These interactive trainings gave students the skills they need to confront bias and discrimination and to interact across different cultures.
  • In 2014, we joined ADL in celebrating the launch of their landmark No Place for Hate® Initiative in the Bay Area, with 21 participating schools in the first round and dozens more in each successive year. Since then, we have continued to support bringing this vital programming to improve school climate and bullying, to public schools in underserved communities. GFF underwrites the cost of student workshops and staff workshops for schools committed to becoming No Place for Hate.
  • Most recently ADL partnered with Educators in the Central Valley to support the growth of a county-wide peer-mentoring program for middle school students.  With GFF support, they provided three days of training impacting over 50 youth leaders in schools throughout the district who are leading efforts to improve their school climate..

The Graham Family Foundation has been a valued funder—and partner—for ADL’s A World of Difference Institute programs since 2010. Thanks to their generous investment, we were able to launch No Place for Hate in the Bay Area in 2014. We have been able to serve our communities who have few resources to build a healthy and safe school climate, and with their help, are able to deepen our impact. We are deeply grateful for the continued support of the Graham Family Foundation.


educators, staff, administrators trained through anti-bias and holocaust education

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students participated in Ally Days, improving campus culture and building community

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students impacted by education programing through No Place for Hate.

ADL Celebrates the Bay Area Launch of No Place for Hate
ADL Celebrates the Bay Area Launch of No Place for HateADL Central Pacific
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This launch marks only the beginning. As Bev Ripps put it best, “No student should ever feel isolated because of ethnicity, race, religion, sexuality or physical appearance.” The No Place for Hate Initiative will continue to foster acceptance, build understanding and honor all students.
Orinda schools team up with Anti-Defamation League to promote diversity and inclusion
Orinda schools team up with Anti-Defamation League to promote diversity and inclusionLamorinda Weekly
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Orinda Union School District has entered into an agreement with the Anti-Defamation League to promote acceptance of diversity and inclusion. This cooperative effort will include training for teachers and staff and programs for children attending local elementary and middle schools.
ADL Youth Summit
ADL Youth Summit
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On December 9th 2011 75 highschool students and educators from all over Northern California came together to participate in ADL's YOUTH SUMMIT 2011.

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Imagine a World without Hate

Bay Area Districts and Schools 2017-2020

Alameda Unified School District 
Alameda Science & Technology Institute, Island High School, Otis Elementary, Will C. Wood Middle School 

Castro Valley Unified School District
Independent Elementary 

Campbell Unified School District 
Westmont High School 

Elk Grove Unified School District 
Eddy Middle School 

Hayward Unified School District
Burbank Elementary School 

Miller Creek School District (San Rafael) 
Miller Creek Middle School 

Orinda Union School District 
Glorietta Elementary School, Del Rey Elementary, Orinda Intermediate School, Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Wagner Ranch Elementary 

Piedmont Unified School District 
Millennium High School, Piedmont Middle School, Piedmont High School 

San Lorenzo Unified School District 
Arroyo High School 

San Ramon Valley Unified School District 
Bollinger Canyon Elementary, California High School, Charlotte Wood Middle School, Country Club Elementary, Dougherty Valley High School, Gale Ranch Middle School, Golden View Elementary, Greenbrook Elementary, Hidden Hills Elementary, John Baldwin Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Los Cerros Middle School, Montevideo Elementary, Pine Valley Middle School, Quail Run Elementary, Rancho Romero Elementary, San Ramon Valley High School, Stone Valley Middle School, Twin Creeks Elementary 

West Contra Costa Unified School District 
Coronado Elementary, Grant Elementary, Hercules Middle School, Lincoln Elementary, Montalvin Elementary, Olinda Elementary, Pinole Valley Middle School, Sheldon Elementary, Stewart K-8, Tara Hills Elementary, Valley View, Lake Elementary 

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