"Everybody Matters" in Campaign Against Bullying

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Three female Medaille Students with Mavericks tshirts
        
May 1, 2012

The week of April 16 marked an important demonstration of Medaille College’s commitment to informing students and the community about how to manage and, eventually, to eradicate bullying.

Building off of a series of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT)-centered anti-bullying programs in the fall semester, the Student Involvement Center (SIC) sponsored four days of programming that highlighted bullying outside of the LGBT community and discussed how to limit its influence and presence in school communities and beyond.

Among the programs hosted by the SIC were a trivia game testing the familiarity of participants with the myths, facts and misconceptions surrounding the issue of bullying, and a labeling event inspired by the television series Glee. In this second program, students took “ownership” of those characteristics for which they had previously been bullied, reclaiming the traits as their own.

Also included in the week’s events was a Step Up bystander intervention training program that instructed participants in the ways in which they can handle difficult situations and empowered them to act.

The week closed with a 24 hour challenge inspired by the global social media campaign “Everybody Matters” which prompts students to go an entire day without judging others.
Over the course of the week, more than three dozen students, faculty and staff members showed their support for the campus’s anti-bullying efforts. Becca Coons, the coordinator of the week’s events, says, “I am incredibly proud of the response our anti-bullying efforts have gotten… Putting together these programs has been one of the most exciting things I have been [a] part of and I am thrilled to see that the Medaille community shares [my] passion for social justice and celebrating diversity.”

Within the Medaille community, programs such as these are of vital importance given the high number of graduates who go on to teach in Western New York schools. As a result of the efforts of the Student Involvement Center and their partners, the future teachers who currently call Medaille their home will have the tools, resources and confidence necessary to bring the fight against bullying beyond the confines of a college training seminar and into the real world.

- Kevin Bates

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