Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Scot Headley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Matt Gehrett, Ed.D.


During the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 school years, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) No Place for Hate program (NPFH) was implemented in a cooperating high school (COHS) to see if empathy-building activities had an impact on school climate. The purpose of this study was to review the implementation and impacts of a semi-structured program on creating safe, welcoming schools. Data collected from schoolwide surveys, focus groups, and group meetings that happened throughout the 2 school years provided information around students’ sense of belonging, connection, and purpose at school, the pros and cons of the NPFH program, and its place in the school moving forward with a commitment to change. Implications and future research were also included.

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