Farmingdale student makes strides towards increasing social awareness in the community

By: Renee Ventaloro – Mar. 20, 2017

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First photo taken on Oct. 13, 2016 of student members of  Love Over Hate.  
Credit: Love Over Hate official Instagram account

 

Farmingdale State College freshman, Hannah Ventaloro, creates the school’s first-of-its-kind social issues club, Love Over Hate. The club established in Oct. 2016; with aid from the Research-Aligned Mentorship (RAM) Program and fellow students, 18-year-old, Ventaloro, began a quest for social awareness.

Who doesn’t want love over hate? As a country, America is going through a shift both socially and economically. The 2017 election has stirred up passionate dialogue on key social issues that affect everyday Americans. It has majority of people feeling the effects – even the youngest of voters.

“I saw how people were afraid..

I didn’t want that on my campus.”

Post-election events struck a chord with the President of Love Over Hate, when asked about the club’s intentions she stated,“we support positive activism and a safe space for students,” Ventaloro added, “we also aid organizations that need financial support. We will go to any extent to make people feel comfortable on and off campus.”

Creating dialogue, raising awareness of key social issues, fundraising for the community, and supporting disenfranchised groups are the focus of this newly-found club. Ventaloro and members seek to make their presence known in their community order to make an impact.

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LOH members holding an information session in the Student Center on Feb. 21.
Credit: Love Over Hate official Instagram account.

 

Love Over Hate emphasizes the importance of not stereotyping any group of people or political party (or lack thereof). In fact, stereotyping is what fueled Ventaloro’s passion to start this club.“People being scared on campus made me start Love over Hate. You know, I saw how people were afraid and how there were some people who took that fear and made racist remarks towards others and discriminated against them. I didn’t want that on my campus,” said Ventaloro.

Pessimism about race relations in America is higher than it has been in nearly a generation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. This could create a potentially dangerous environment for students attending a racially diverse school. Below is Farmingdale State College’s official race and ethnicity data, outlining the importance of a club such as Love Over Hate.

 

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Credit: www.farmingdale.edu

With the creation of this club, members hope to bridge the gap between racial and social relations by unifying the college through education. “The unknown, is what I feel, scares people,” said Ventaloro.
The club encourages campus-wide activities and clubs such as their Anti-Bullying club, LGBT club, and Black Student Union. Love Over Hate recently contributed to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. where they conjoined other activists in raising awareness for women’s rights.

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 President, Hannah Ventaloro and Vice President, Nicole Nunez at the Women’s March on Jan. 21.
Credit: Official Love Over Hate Instagram account.

 

Due to Ventaloro’s impressive strides at Farmingdale State College and the surrounding community, she has recently been the first student attending FSC to be nominated for the Newman Civic Fellowship Award; an award that only few are recommended for. This fellowship demonstrates a leader who takes action to change the world we all live in.

Love Over Hate meets every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in FSC’s Student Center.

 

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