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Conference provides tools to combat gender-based bullying, cyberbullying

October 20, 2016

stop-bullying-portraitNIU will present its sixth annual “Bullying: How Schools Can Respond” professional development conference Wednesday, Oct. 26, to further equip school employees with good advice and resources on how to respond to bullying.

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., the conference will take place in the Learning Center of NIU’s Gabel Hall and Room 241 of the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake.

Molly Holmes, director of the NIU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Z Nicolazzo, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, will deliver the 8:45 a.m. keynote address on “Expanding Our Approach to Gender-Based Bullying.”

Psychology professors Christine Malecki and Michelle Demaray will give a 10:30 a.m. talk on “Preventing and Addressing Cyberbullying: Resources and Tools.” Malecki is director of the School Psychology program in the Department of Psychology.

Both morning presentations take place at NIU and are video-conferenced to Grayslake.

Andy Duran, executive director of the LEAD/SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition, will speak at 1:10 p.m. on “Prevention Strategies: From Evidence-Based Practice to the Lived Experience of Students and Parents.” Duran’s talk will take place at the University Center of Lake County with video-conferencing to NIU.

Registration is available online at

The $125 registration fee includes continental breakfast, networking lunch, resource materials and documentation of Professional Development Hours for licensed educators and Continuing Education Units after completion of the conference.

Co-sponsors of the conference are the College of Education Office of External & Global Programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the University Center of Lake County.

For more information, call 815-753-6907 or 815-753-5200 or email [email protected] or [email protected].