The U.S. Department of Education will host the second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Wednesday and Thursday, September 21-22, in Washington.
“This year’s summit will expand on last year’s goal of crafting a national strategy to prevent bullying, and will work towards engaging private and public organizations committed to providing needed tools and resources to ensure the safety of students,” a statement from the department said.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (seen at left), Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez are expected to appear and reaffirm the Obama Administration’s commitment to addressing bullying.
The department’s statement mentioned participating groups associated with Asians and Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities, but none clearly focusing on LGBTs.
The first day of the summit, which is invitation-only, will feature two panels discussing the use of media to inform bullying prevention efforts. Campaigns from Seventeen and ABC Family Channel, as well as the launch of a new Ad Council campaign sponsored by AOL,TimeWarner and Facebook, will be discussed.
In addition, a performance by the Michigan-based Trust Theater Ensemble of the Bullycide Project will highlight the importance of youth-led storytelling in addressing bullying.
The second day will feature a discussion with several individuals whose family members’ suicides were attributed, in part, to bullying.