Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 6 | Issue 1 | March 2017    
Colloquium Series
The most recent presentation in the Alberti Center Colloquium Series occurred on February 7 with a discussion titled Dignity Act Coordinator Panel: Best Practices, Challenges, and Recommendations.  A recording of the panel discussion is available here. The final colloquium in the 2016-2017 series will be
presented by Dr. Myles Faith on Tuesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The presentation is
titled Weight Teasing and
Bullying in Children: Assessment, Prevalence, and Comorbidities. 
This event is FREE! Register here before March 31.

BAND Against Bullying V in April!
BAND Against Bullying, a local high-sch ool performing arts competition with a the me of dignity and respect, will take place on Thursday, Apri l 27 at 7:00pm . This year, the event will be held at 710 Shea's Theatre on Main Street, downtown Buffalo. The  Alberti Center is proud t o be co-sponsoring onc e again, along with M&T Bank and Ingram Micro. 
Tickets are just $5.00 and additional information is availabl e at BAND Against Bullying.

Featured Resource 
NYSED DASA  Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and April-September 2017 session dates are available on the DASA Training webpage. One r ecent participant said:

Teaching for 11 years, it's amazing how much I don't know about bullying research. I learned so much today and look forward to using in my class. Great workshop.

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Save the Date! Alberti Center Annual Conference
Mark your calendars! The 2017 Alberti Center Conference will take place  Thursday,  September 28 from 8-3pm at Classics V Banquet Center. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Susan Swearer, Ph.D.!

Dr. Susan M. Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL), Co-Director of the Bullying Research Network , and Director of the Empowerment Initiative . She is 
the principal investigator on the Target Bullying Intervention Project, featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and has a long-standing track record working with schools and districts nationwide to reduce bullying behaviors. She was an invited presenter at the White House Bullying Prevention Conference, and a panel member at the Harvard University launch of the Born This Way Foundation along with Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelieus. Dr. Swearer was also a featured bullying expert on Anderson Cooper's daytime show, "Anderson." Her work has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television outlets. Her career has been devoted to the intersection of research and practice and she is the 
Chair of the Research Advisory Board for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation . Additionally, Dr. Swearer is the co-editor of "Bullying @ School and Online," an e-publication on  designed to close the gap between research and practice. You can read more about Dr. Swearer in her biography.

More details about the conference are coming soon! Registration will be open by the end of May on the Alberti Center website.

Spread the Word to End the Word Day
Spread the Word to End the Word (STW) Day took place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, across the country. STW is a national campaign to encourage people to stop using the word "retard" due to its hurtful and dehumanizing historical context. This year the STW committee of WNY held an all-day event to support this initiative. Between 10am-2pm, information tables were set up at several local coffee shops offering customers the opportunity to sign a pledge to stop using the r-word. Representatives from the planning committee and self-advocates were present to answer questions and provide information. More pictures of the event can be seen on the STW Facebook page!

Committee for Children Grant Update
The Alberti Center will extend its mission to protect and advocate for children by administering a $500,000 grant, funded by the Committee for Children, to study how teachers and other school staff members can recognize and report sexual abuse.  Nickerson and colleagues Jennifer Livingston, senior research scientist at UB's Research Institute on Addictions, Kathleen Allen, training and evaluation specialist at the Alberti Center, and Sunha Kim, assistant professor of educational psychology and quantitative method will evaluate the effectiveness of the school component in recognizing sexual abuse. 
The team will work with eight schools in the Greece Central School District near Rochester, New York.  The grant begins in May and continues for the next two years.  Read more about the project in this recent  UB News article.

Out in the Community
Alberti Center team members have recently participated in several events across the Western New York (WNY) c ommunity. Tim Parks  (graduate assistant) attended Williamsville North High School's wellness fair, on March 3, to distribute bullying related materials and resources to students in attendance.
Tim shares information with students at the Williamsville North Wellness Fair.

Jessica and Shauna attended the Character Carnival in Hamburg.

On March 4, Jessica Rosenburg and Shauna Mauch (research assistants) represented the Center at the Character Council of WNY's annual Character Carnival along with a variety of other agencies. 
Toni Torchia, Alberti Center student programming specialist, attended the Lancaster High School Health and Wellness Fair on March 16, and Brie Kishel, program & operations manager distributed handouts and information to attendees of the 14th annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar at UB's Center for the Arts on March 23.
Look for representatives from the Alberti Center at these upcoming events over the next few months:
  • * ECC Health and Wellness Fair - April 20
  • * BAND Against Bullying - April 27
  • * Embrace the Difference "Giveback Day" - April 29
  • * Family Fun Night - Niagara Charter School - May 11
  • * Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day - May 18