BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Alberti
Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention will present its annual
conference and two film screenings this week to raise awareness for
the nationwide problem of bullying abuse and to coincide with
National Bullying Prevention Month.
The conference, being held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at the
Millennium Hotel Buffalo in Cheektowaga, is expected to attract
close to 200 educators, mental health professionals and law
enforcement agents committed to reducing bullying in our schools
Giving the keynote address at the conference is Dewey Cornell,
professor of education at the University of Virginia, who will
speak on “Student Threat Assessment and the Prevention of
Cornell will talk about the widespread misconception that
violence in schools cannot be prevented because it seems
unpredictable. Cornell will focus on true prevention methods that
can prevent the outbreak of these incidents, rather than crisis
response strategies, such as arming teachers.
“Although we have made great strides in raising awareness
of the issue of bullying abuse and its consequences, there is more
work to do,” says Amanda B. Nickerson, PhD, director of the
Alberti Center. “The tragedy in Sandy Hook last December
reminds us all of the importance of ensuring the safety of our
“We are honored to have Dr. Dewey Cornell, an expert in
violence prevention who has developed a model of threat assessment
that has been designated an evidence-based approach, provide the
morning session at our conference.”
The afternoon breakout sessions will focus on topics relevant to
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act, such as legal
issues, creating a positive school culture and issues for
individuals who may be vulnerable because of their sexual
orientation, disability, weight, or race or ethnicity.
Other sessions at the conference include “Avoiding
Courtroom and Headlines: Strategies to Protect Your District from
Legal Challenges”; “Bullying and Students With
Disabilities”; “Weight-based Victimization: Are you
Fueling the Fire?” “Bullying and LGBTQ Youth”;
and “Creating an Anti-Bullying Climate and
For more information about the conference, go to www.gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenterconference.
The conference is made possible by gold sponsors embraceWNY and the
Western New York Foundation; and silver sponsors Buffalo Teachers
Federation, Community Action Organization of Erie County, Harris
Beach PLLC, New York Association of School Psychologists and
The Alberti Center, along with UB co-sponsors the Center for
Literacy and Reading Instruction, Gender Institute and Wellness
Education Services, will host the Buffalo premier of the film
“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.” The screening will
take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Screening Room of the Center
for the Arts, North Campus. The feature-length film explores the
life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University at
Wyoming student murdered in Laramie, Wyo., 15 years ago by two men
who kidnapped him from a bar and drove him to a field where he was
tortured and left to die.
The Alberti Center also will host the screening of “Submit
the Documentary” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Student Union
Theater, North Campus. “Submit” explores the problem
and impact of cyberbullying on kids, teens and families.
Both film screenings are free and open to the public. More
information is available at http://gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter/events/other.
Questions about the conference or the film screenings can be
directed to Rebecca Ligman, program and operations manager at the
Albert Center, at 716-645-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.