A Community Conversation on Bullying

October 5, 2016

Here at Defeat the Label, we are really proud to call ourselves a community organization. We don’t just work with schools and teachers, nor do we just work with parents. We certainly do not just work with students. We work with all everybody to address the overall situations of bullying in our schools and communities.

When you hear the word “bullying” you automatically assume that it has to do with a student or a school. What you don’t hear about is the efforts going on around the communities in which bullying occurs.

So often, from teachers will hear that they understand the programs that are available in regards to bullying, but they do not understand the laws. Parents, on the other hand will understand the laws, but not how to address the issues within their own school districts. Organizations and companies know it is happening in their community and they want to help, but they don’t know what steps to take since they are not directly working with students.

With that in mind, it was our hope to bring together all these questions, with all aspects of the community, so that way we could have a just that, a cohesive conversation on bullying. It was our goal that this conversation would cover legal, educational, medical, judicial, community, social media and so much more. 

On Monday October 17th, we are switching up the typical conference model and bringing in more of the conversation piece for the 1st Annual Community Conversation on Bullying Presented by, Meemic

We are honored to have Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director of Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation join us for a keynote speech on the importance of addressing bullying behavior before it escalates – with examples throughout history.

Additionally, there will be a combination of panel discussions in the morning and small work groups in the afternoon. Each panelist is being asked to give a TED Talk style overview of their area of expertise and how it relates to the bullying issues in our schools and communities.  We are asking that each panelist focus on a central question, “How does bullying in my sector impact children/educators/students/communities?”

After each panelist presents their information, there is a 12-minute Q&A, during which the audience will be asking questions.  The Q&A’s will be moderated by Kevin Epling, Co-Director of Bully Police USA.

Dr. Stephen D. Smith PhD Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation

Dr. Stephen D. Smith PhD
Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation

 Our Panelists:

Dr. Marlene Seltzer, MD- Beaumont Hospital/ NoBLE Program

Barbara McQuade- United States District Attorney

Justice Richard Bernstein- Michigan State Supreme Court

Kenneth Gutman- Superintendent, Walled Lake Schools

Tom Holt, PhD- Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice

Glenn R. Stutzky MSW, Michigan State University, School of Social Work

Saleem Alhabash, PhD- Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences

The afternoon will focus on small groups coming together to develop their own comprehensive anti-bullying strategies with the help of additional experts in fields of anti-bullying.

Want to be part of the conversation? There’s still time to register. Visit us at http://defeatthelabel.com/community-conversation

We can’t wait to see you on October 17!

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