BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's Jean M. Alberti
Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence
will sponsor a colloquium in support of gay and transgendered youth
at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in 120 Clemens Hall on UB's North
The colloquium will feature Amy Reynolds, associate professor in
the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology in
UB's Graduate School of Education.
"UB's Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying
Abuse and School Violence plans to offer four colloquia annually to
highlight the research being conducted on school bullying, violence
and varied related subjects," says Amanda B. Nickerson, director of
the center. "We are fortunate to be affiliated with talented
faculty member like Dr. Reynolds, who will speak on the important
topic of 'Supporting LGBT Youth in Our Community: Words and Actions
"Incidents of school bullying targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender youth have received national attention in the past
two years," according to Reynolds. "Increased attention to the
problem and its profound effect on LGBT youth (depression, poor
school attendance and high suicide risk, among other effects) is
essential if we want to be able to ensure safe schools for all
One of Reynolds' primary interest areas is multicultural
competence in counseling and student affairs. She focuses heavily
on this topic in her scholarly work, including a recent qualitative
study examining the positive and negative high school experiences
of LGB college students. Reynolds also teaches the multicultural
counseling course in the Department of Counseling, School and
Educational Psychology at UB. She received her doctorate in
counseling psychology from Ohio State University.
"This colloquium will highlight the realities of anti-LGBT
bullying, share strategies for combating anti-LGBT attitudes and
bullying, identify competencies needed by school personnel to
address these issues and discuss next steps for creating safe
schools," says Reynolds.
The colloquium will end about 12:45 p.m. Participants are
encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments will be
Those interested in attending are asked to register by sending
an email to email@example.com.
Founded in the summer of 2011, UB's Alberti Center for the
Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence already has become
a national center to promote positive and healthy school
environments where bullying, harassment and other types of abuse
can be prevented. Since becoming center director, Nickerson has
been consulted and quoted in a wide variety of media on bullying
and its effect on victims. She also has spoken on current
anti-bullying research to parents, young people, school
administrators, teachers and other scholars.
A video interview with Nickerson is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nUZOUbFHk.