The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) cordially invites K-12 students to participate in their “Michigan Response to Hate” campaign. This campaign was created to engage the public on how to prevent and respond to hate crimes and bias incidents in the State of Michigan.

Michigan residents and visitors have a right to work, play, learn and live in a safe, welcoming and affirming environment that values the diverse attributes of individuals regardless of race, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, and all protected biases. Everyone has a responsibility to prevent hate in our state. If we stand together, we can change our communities into places that reflect love and not hate. Join us in making an affirmative stand that will make our state a positive place for everyone – where we are all respected.

Poster Contest: Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to enter the MI Response to Hate Poster Contest on why hate doesn’t belong in our state. The winner will be selected from each category: Elementary, Middle and High School. Students should send a photo submission of their work to by June 17, 2022 in order to enter the contest.

POSSIBLE POSTER IDEAS: Spread Love, Not Hate; It’s Okay to Be Different; We Do Better Together; If You See Something, Say Something; Theme of Your Choice

Winners will be announced live on June 24, 2022 during the “MI Response to Hate” virtual campaign forum.


* $150 towards continuing art education (may include art supplies)
* An opportunity to display your art at the MI Response to Hate Conference (September 15, 2022) and MDCR social media platforms