About Hollaback! Duke University
We are one of the first collegiate chapters of Hollaback! and we are so thrilled about bringing this international social movement to the campus of Duke University.
Established in Spring 2015 by a group of alumnae of DukeEngage New York: “The Moxie Project,” our chapter hopes to combat street harassment on campus and in the Durham area. Having seen too many instances of street harassment on our campus and in our community, we are committed to using the power of social media, technology, and sharing to make our campus a safer place.
We hope to empower women, LGBTQ people, and people of color to respond to harassment they experience, by sharing their stories and creating a network of support. We hope that, in sharing these stories and raising awareness, we can create a culture of respect where street harassment is never tolerated, normalized, or accepted.
We aim to partner with organizations, groups, and establishments on- and off-campus, working together to make our community safer.
Hollaback! Mission and Values
A CULTURE OF BADASS
We believe that everyone has a right to be their most badass self, and that the movement to end street harassment will be led like all the other movements that have come before it: by badasses who redefine the status quo ‘rules’ and create revolution. We embrace bold ideas and encourage risk-taking. We aren’t afraid of our own individual strengths and we aren’t afraid to use our collective power to make the world a better place.
MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE
We understand that the reason people shy away from trying to end street harassment is because they think it’s impossible. We think that’s bogus, and we’re united in our belief that a world without street harassment isn’t just possible, it’s imminent. Our job is to work together to speed the process up.
TRANSPARENCY AND HONESTY
Movements require trust, and trust is earned. Whether you are a reader, a contributor, a funder, a legislator, a local leader, or a partner, we promise you honesty and transparency. We’re terrible liars, anyway.
WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK
Making revolution isn’t always easy. It’s scary to tell your story, and it’s scary to lead a movement that challenges the status quo. When times get tough, we stand as a united front against the forces that try to pull us apart. We embrace others’ perspectives, see debate as a learning opportunity, and we never, ever get holier-than-thou.
A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT LOOK ALIKE DOES NOT A MOVEMENT MAKE
We will not fight street harassment at the expense of other movements. We are flamboyantly anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, and anti- all the other forms of discrimination that are designed to keep people ‘in their place.’ We seek to understand street harassment from every possible perspective, and seek to represent our movement with as wide and diverse a constituency as possible.
FOLLOWERS ARE THE NEW LEADERS
It’s not the leaders alone who build movements, it’s the followers. For proof, watch this. We are committed to supporting followers to become new leaders, who can then turn their followers into new leaders, and so on and so forth until street harassment is toast.