The Graduate School of Education will become the site of a national center for the prevention of bullying, abuse and school violence, thanks to the largest gift in the school’s history.
The gift from UB alumna Jean M. Alberti, a clinical and educational psychologist based in Chicago and former local elementary teacher, will establish UB as a proactive national resource on the prevention of bullying and other antisocial behavior among school children. The center’s first activity was a daylong symposium held on April 27 in Slee Hall, North Campus. More than 400 teachers, administrators, child psychologists, law enforcement officials and others interested in the bullying issue attended.
The Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence will research, identify and disseminate a variety of interventions that share the common goal of preventing this type of abuse.
“We need to change the way people look at this problem to reflect the message that bullying is child abuse by children,” said Alberti, who participated in the daylong symposium. “No one I’ve ever heard or read about talks about bullying in that language. Until we change the language, we can’t change people’s understanding of the problem.