HRC was proud to partake in the second annual Greater Cincinnati Anti-Bullying Summit, which included a sneak preview of the new Welcoming Schools film, What Helps, What Hurts:  Lessons on Bullying and Diversity.  The 12-minute professional development film shows elementary school classrooms where Welcoming Schools' lessons about bullying and respecting diversity are taught. The film and facilitation guide will be completed by July of this year.
Hosted by HRC, GLSEN Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Council on Child Abuse, Talbert House and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, the sold-out conference brought together 170 educators, administrators, youth workers and advocates. Organizers are already committed to finding a larger venue for next year to accommodate the growing urgency to address this topic.
Conference highlights included:

  • Opening remarks from openly gay city council member Chris Seelbach
  • The presentation of the Second Annual Spotlight Award to Cincinnati School Principal Craig Hockenberry, presented by HRC steering committee member and conference organizer, Kristin Shrimplin.
  • A keynote address by Dr. Deb Tempkin from the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • A presentation of the results of HRC's groundbreaking youth survey by Welcoming Schools Director Kim Westheimer.
  • Breakout sessions that allowed participants to dig more deeply into programs such as Welcoming Schools and the Safe Space Training offered by GLSEN of Greater Cincinnati.

Conferences like the Cincinnati Anti-Bullying Summit are an important stepping stone toward providing safe learning environments for all students. With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we better understand the experiences, needs and concerns of all LGBT youth.


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