Anti-bullying event scheduled

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law has scheduled an anti-bullying symposium on Thursday, November 18 in the atrium of the School of Law in downtown Detroit.

Organizers say it is the mission of the 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.

Bullying, once thought of as a right of passage, has transcended into an epidemic, they say, and action must be taken to address the span of issues revolving around bullying and put a stop to it.

The sympsium, scheduled from 6-8 p.m., will feature three panelists:

* Dr. Cheryl Munday – University of Detroit Mercy, Associate Professor of Psychology, who 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, who will focus on awareness and advocacy issues, such as how to identify bullying behavior, victims’ rights, and how witnesses can effectively stop the bullying.

• State Sen. Glenn Anderson, who will discuss proposed anti-bullying legislation and available resources.

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

The event 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.

The school is located at 651 E. Jefferson.

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