Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 7 | Issue 2 | June 2018   
Alberti Center Colloquium Series 
On February 27, the Alberti Center hosted  #NotMe: A Panel Discussion on Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault in Adolescence. The panel was comprised of a mix of professionals and students. View a video of the presentation here

The final speaker in the 2017-2018 Alberti Center Colloquium Series was Dr. Todd Savage, professor in school psychology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and former president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Savage presented on Understanding and Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in Schools. His presentation can be viewed here

The next Alberti Center Colloquium Series will begin in the Fall of 2018. Stay tuned!

Featured Resource 
ParenTeen Connect works alongside the  Second Step Middle School Program, a social-emotional learning curriculum, and can be used in the classroom and at home. In addition to video interviews with parents and teens, there are downloadable worksheets, and expert advice to help parents and teens create plans to prepare for difficult situations. Topics include:

Out in the Community
Alberti Center team members continue to spread awareness and resources for bullying prevention at events across the Western New York (WNY) c ommunity. Here are some of the places we've been recently:
March 4 - Wright Community Center in Akron
March 14 - Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School in Hamburg
March 16 - Inservice at Williamsville CSD
March 23 - Presentation at Park School
April 18 - Alden High School Wellness Fair
May 17 - WNY Regional SANYS Meeting
May 24 - DD Day at the Niagara Falls Conference & Events Center
June 4 - SAGE self-advocacy meeting at the McKinley Mall
June 14 - Focus Group at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery

Timothy Parks, graduate assistant, presents on bullying awareness and prevention to students at Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary School in Hamburg, NY.
NYSED DASA  Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through August 2018 are available on the DASA Training webpage. R ecent participants said:

Great! Session was jam packed with things to reflect on - esp. as a School Building Leader. I felt empowered and invigorated to keep learning how to build a school community that is inclusive and safe for all students.

Much more knowledgeable about how to create and cultivate a 
more positive school culture. Thanks for sharing your expertise and passion!

BAND Against Bullying VI 
BAND Against Bullying VI took place on Wednesday, April 25 at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts! The Alberti Center co-sponsors this event each year and Dr. Amanda Nickerson participates as one of six celebrity judges. Nine schools performed this year including Amherst High School, Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (Middle and High Schools), Clarence, Iroquois, Lancaster, Williamsville East, Williamsville North, and Williamsville South High Schools. The performances were extremely diverse and incorporated themes of bullying awareness, suicide prevention, diversity, empathy, and dignity just to name a few. Congratulations to this year's runner up, Williamsville North and the winner, Williamsville East! All of the students who performed in the event this year did an outstanding job!! Videos of each performance can be viewed on the BAND Against Bullying Facebook page .

Middle school students from Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Middle School gather outside the Center for the Arts after their dress rehearsal with Mike Bryant (rear), co-founder of BAND Against Bullying.
Early Career Award
Request for Applications
The Early Career Award supports our mission to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes, and behaviors of educators, parents, students, and society.

The award, a plaque and $1,000,  will recognize an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 20, 2018. For application procedure and eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

Save the Date for Alberti Center
Annual Conference in October
Inclusive Schools & Communities: Identifying & Intervening 
with Microaggressions is the topic of the 2018 Alberti Center Annual Conference. This year the conference will be held on Tuesday, October 2, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Classics V Banquet Center. The morning
Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann
keynote will be presented by Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann. Dr. Flores Niemann is a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas (UNT). She developed a faculty training video to help prevent faculty to student microaggressions. Her current research includes examination of stereotypes in superhero portrayals, and effective mentoring across demographic groups. Dr. Niemann has authored many journal articles and books that include Surviving and Thriving in Academia: A Gui de for Members of Marginalized Groups, Third Edition and Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. Afternoon breakout sessions will address topics including microaggressions with LGBTQ and people with disabilities, working with schools to intervene, and facilitating conversations with students.  Lunch is included in the registration fee of $75 for professionals/community members and $35 for students. 
Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please  join our mailing list  for email updates. Registration will be opening soon on our website!

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Grant Project
The Alberti Center team is   working on a project funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. The goal of the project is to develop a user-friendly website for   people with disabilities   that addresses bullying, abuse, and exploitation. The   fully-developed website will   provide high quality resourcesand information on abuse prevention.    Additionally, the website will provide users
with a way to give and receive support from peers.

The first phase of the project involves hosting focus groups at various locations in New York State. The purpose of these focus groups is to gather information that will support the development of this   website. We would like to know what topics   should be   included   and what features the website should have.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older and be able to give consent.
The focus groups will take  approximately 90 minutes and participants  will receive a $10 gift card to a cafĂ© (e.g., Tim Horton's).  If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating, please share this flyer and contact us!

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