Thursday, October 25, 2012

International Conference on Bullying November 4-6 in Kansas City

BULLYING IN HIGHER EDUCATION TO BE MAJOR FOCUS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY

      This November 4-6, bullying in higher education will be a major focus of at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  Because research into bullying in higher education is in its infancy, this conference and the international experts it will bring to Kansas City will present a unique opportunity for administrators and legal and educational scholars and to step into the field early on and to become national leaders in the fight against peer-on-peer abuse in colleges and universities.

      The conference will provide a full slate of sessions focusing on such topics as bullying, hazing, incivility, and harassment in classrooms, professional schools, athletic programs, residential settings, and the Greek system. The sessions will be designed to be as informative and practical as possible, with a strong emphasis on prevention and response. In addition, several sessions will focus on the legal implications of peer-on-peer abuse among college students.

      Higher education professionals will take back to their schools valuable insights into the problem and the prevention of bullying in college settings, and they will have the opportunity to forge ongoing relationships with bullying prevention experts from around the globe. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, “The Courage to Act:  Working Together to End Bullying,” the conference will offer higher education professionals the opportunity to partner with one another to address peer-on-peer aggression and abuse with effective, evidence-based strategies.

A Special Conference Rate of $80 per day is now available for those who work in higher education.  Attendees can register for either one or two days.  Each registration will include a free pass to attend a panel discussion of the Tyler Clementi tragedy at Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon, November 4.  Tyler Clementi committed suicide after being surreptitiously filmed having romantic relations with another man.  The panel will include Rutgers in-house counsel as well as three top level administrators who were deeply involved in responding to the tragedy.

  To register for the higher education rate, contact Lynn Lonsway at lynnlonsway@gmail.com or at 1-800-483-0728.  You can see the conference program at www.stopbullyingworld.org.

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