Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 9 | Issue 1 | Winter 2019-2020   
Alberti Center 
Colloquium Series 
A Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop took place on Thursday, November 21. Morning and afternoon sessions were well attended! Morning presentation slides are available on our website.

The next colloquium in the 2019-2020 series will take place on Tuesday,  March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 301, Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus. Dr.  Jun Sung Hong (recipient of the 2017 Alberti Center E arly Career Award
will p resent his research  on the  Relationship Between Coping  Strategies and Peer Victimization Among Low-Income  African American Youth Living in Chicago.
portrait of Dr. Jun Sung Hong
Jun Sung Hong, PhD

Featured Resource logo is a resource for parents seeking to have important conversations with their kids, but not knowing how to begin those conversations. This site is sponsored by Px21. Px21 is the coordinating council of prevention service providers in Erie County with the shared goal of providing prevention and health promotion for the 21st century in our community.

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) community. Here are some of the places we've been recently:
October - National Bullying Prevention Month
PREPaRE 1 Training
in Orchard Park CSD
Strengthening Families Celebration at UB Employment Opportunity Center
Lights on Afterschool: Spotlight on Bullying Prevention event at East High School in Buffalo
Disability History Celebration at Buffalo & Erie Co. Public Library
November - 
Workshop at Mental Health Association of New York State
Anti-bullying task force presentation at Buffalo City Hall
Alberti Center team members (l-r) Abbey McClemont, Tim Parks and Hannah Grossman pose with Buffalo Bills tight end, Tommy Sweeney at "Lights on Afterschool" event.
DASA Training Winter &
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through April 2020 are available on our DASA page.
One r ecent participant said:

More knowledgeable and well-equipped to handle instances of bullying. Learned how to speak to parents and students about instances of bullying, and to understand my own biases of others.

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Jean Alberti Receives Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Image of Award Plaque Congratulations to Dr. Jean M. Alberti, Alberti Center benefactor, on being the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award! This honor, presented by Marquis Who's Who, is reserved for individuals who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention which Dr. Alberti considers her legacy. Stop by the Alberti Center to see the plaque she received. Read more about the award and Dr. Alberti's biographical profile.  
Welcome New Team Members
The Alberti Center had some new students join the research team beginning in the fall semester! Amanda Breese, Hannah Grossman and Abbey McClemont, are doctoral students in the combined counseling & school psychology program, and Samantha Stanford is a doctoral student in the school psychology program at UB. You can learn more about their research interests on our team page!

(L-r) Amanda Breese, Hannah Grossman, Abbey McClemont,
and Samantha Stanford.

2019 Early Career Award Winner
Portrait of Chunyan Yang
Chunyan Yang, PhD
Chunyan Yang, PhD is the recipient of the Alberti Center 2019 Early Career Award! This award is presented to 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. Dr.  Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at University of California at Berkeley. Learn more about her on our website! 

Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events
The Alberti Center is co-sponsoring three events coming up in February, March and April! Below is a brief description of each event and a link to the appropriate website for registration or tickets:

Sunday, February 23-Saturday, February 29:
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Come As You Are. You Are Enough Year of Yoga for Every Body logo
Featuring Dianne Bondy

Thursday, March 19: I Love U Guys Foundation logo
17th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
You Don't Choose Tragedy.  You Can Choose Your Response.  This year's seminar is presented by the I Love U Guys Foundation started in 2006 by Ellen & John-Michael Keyes following a school shooting that took the life of their daughter Emily.
This event is FREE! Registration opening soon!

Tuesday, April 7: BAND logo
8th Annual BAND Against Bullying
High school performing arts competition.
Visit the BAND website to learn more about this event!  You can also follow BAND on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets go on sale soon!

Also in April:
Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Training
This training will be presented by Crisis Services and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County as part of the Alberti Center's 2019-2020 Colloquium Series. More information coming soon!

NAB IT! Research Study 
The Alberti Center recently launched a project, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, called Creating Upstanders: The Development of Norms And Bystander Intervention Training (NAB IT!) to Reduce Bullying and Sexual Harassment. A survey on bullying and harassment was administered in November to about 250 students at Williamsville East High School. The information gathered in that survey is being used to create posters and other media that will be part of a campaign to engage and support high school students in developing positive, healthy peer relationships. Students will be engaged in providing feedback through focus groups to finalize the materials for the campaign this spring. Learn about other research projects the Alberti Center is working on here!


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