A decade after his murder, organizations and communities around the country are remembering the legacy of Matthew Shepherd in many ways. Campus Pride’s Stop The Hate program has partnered with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to put on a special benefit concert to raise awareness about hate crimes on college campuses. According to the 2006 hate crime statistics compiled by the FBI, school campuses continue to be the third most common place for hate crimes to occur.
“We are very pleased to be intimately involved in Stop the Hate and this concert,” said Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother and the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. “I know that such collaborative efforts make a real difference on our college campuses, and in the 10 years since Matt's murder, programs like Stop The Hate have made our college campuses safer places to learn and work.”Since its creation in 2001, Stop The Hate has trained over 1,000 students, faculty and campus officials on campuses across the country with their 250 page curriculum manual. The trainings prepare participants to conduct workshops designed to raise awareness about hate crimes and bias incidents as well as develop effective strategies to prevent such acts. Campus Pride’s innovative educational initiative Stop The Hate “Train the Trainer” program is dedicating their Fall and Spring trainings in North Carolina and California to the memory of all victims of hate. Check out Stop The Hate’s PSA that has aired on MTV to over 700 universities and 5.5 million viewers.