Anti-bullying symposium hosted at UDM Law

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announces an anti-bullying symposium to be held on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the atrium of the School of Law located at 651 East Jefferson Avenue in downtown Detroit.

Bullying, once thought of as a rite of passage, has transcended into an epidemic, leaving death and devastation in its wake. Action must be taken to address the span of issues revolving around bullying and put a stop to it. It is the mission of this symposium to educate not only on the psychological aspects of bullying, but also how to advocate against it and what protections people have as victims and bystanders.

The symposium will feature three panelists:

--Dr. Cheryl Munday - University of Detroit Mercy, associate professor of Psychology, will address why people bully, how the behavior is perpetuated in society, and what steps can be taken to stop it before it starts.

--Nusrat Ventimiglia - director of Victim Services, Equality Michigan, will address awareness and advocacy issues, such as how to identify bullying behavior, victims' rights, and how witnesses can effectively stop the bullying.

--Michigan State Senator Glenn Anderson will discuss proposed anti-bullying legislation and available resources.

UDM Law Associate Professor Julia Belian will serve as the moderator of the symposium.

The symposium is sponsored by a student organization, the OUTLaws, in conjunction with the Student Bar Association, St. Thomas More Society, Black Law Students Association, Amnesty International, the National Lawyers Guild, and the UDM Democrats.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. There is no charge for this event, and it is open to the public.

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Published: Wed, Nov 17, 2010