Beyond Tolerance Project

 "Differences must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic." -Audre Lorde, “The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House”

tol·er·ance \'tä-le-ren(t)s\ 2. sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own. The act of allowing something.

beyond tol·er·ance \be-'änd\'tä-le-ren(t)s\ to the farther side of tolerance. Deep Respect. Engagement. Active participation in creating more peace and justice for all.

What We Do
The Beyond Tolerance Project offers student-led, interactive workshops to educate students on issues of identity, oppression, privilege, and inclusion. Our workshops push and challenge us to deepen our dialogue and empower each other to confront issues of inequality on Mount Holyoke’s campus and beyond.

BTP’s trained facilitators offer workshops tailored for groups of students, including sports teams, hall-mates, classes, student organizations, groups of friends, and student staff.

In our workshops, we will:

  1. engage with issues of privilege, oppression, and inequality in a safe and interactive environment.
  2. explore commonalities and begin to build bridges across difference.
  3. recognize the complexities of our own social identities in the context of a diverse community.

Through this process we hope to move beyond tolerance. Workshops are free and can be designed to run 1½ to 3 hours.

Who We Are
We are a multiracial group of students also representative of many other diverse identities. In the spring of 2009 we came together to form the Beyond Tolerance Project to create a safe space in which students could learn from each other about social justice issues. We recognized that we were angry and frustrated about the persistence of some injustices we saw at Mount Holyoke and in the world, but BTP is hopeful about MHC’s potential to grow into a more welcoming and just community. We are committed to learning together and educating for positive change.

To learn more or to schedule a workshop contact the btp project.

Download a btp information flyer to share with your group.

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