Auburn University to host fourth Anti-Bullying Summit in June in Peachtree City

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Cyberbullying protection, bullying and school violence and community bullying prevention are just some of the issues that will be addressed in Auburn University’s fourth annual Anti-Bullying Summit to be held in Peachtree City, Georgia, in June.

Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and Office of Professional and Continuing Education will hold the summit June 26-27, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. The summit is open to anyone interested, but registration is required.

For more information or to register for the summit, which has been approved for 1 PLU credit, or 10 CEU contact hours, by the Departments of Education in both Alabama and Georgia, go to www.auburn.edu/antibullying.

Keynote presenters will include Andrew Agatston, an attorney who will discuss legal issues related to bullying that affect school systems; Priscilla Cooper, vice president for programs at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, who will draw on her experience working with students in Alabama’s Department of Youth Services schools; and representatives from Rachel’s Challenge, an organization that focuses on school climate transformation and was founded by the family of the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

The program will offer more than 30 sessions on topics such as cyberbullying protection; the correlation between bullying and school violence; school climate rating; community involvement in bullying prevention; diversity training for school implementation; model intervention programs, including successful programs in alternative school settings; and longitudinal data-based research on bullying.

Hero Awards will be presented to individuals and community groups who have taken proactive measures to eliminate bullying in their schools and communities. A variety of educational resource vendors that focus on bullying prevention products will also be onsite.

The summit has received ongoing support from both public and private partners. Partners and sponsors for the 2014 summit include the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia, Emory University, Mentoring Minds, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, FACTOR, Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Mathews Center for Civic Life. Georgia school systems that have helped promote the summit as partners include Fayette County Schools, Muscogee County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools and Coweta County Schools.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals or organizations who would like to support the project.

Contact: Linda Dean or Teresa Smoot, Truman Pierce Institute, (334) 844-4488,
John Freeze, Office of Professional and Continuing Education, (334) 844-3107 (john.freeze@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)