2020 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

Thursday, October 29, 2020
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
2020 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.
William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"Addressing Bullying and School Violence and Promoting School Connectedness"

Abstract:  In the wake of school violence across the U.S., visible security measures have been put into place in many schools. These include active shooter drills, metal detectors, clear backpacks, and school security officers; one cost of these measures is the hardening of our schools. To mitigate this effect, we must train educational professionals to understand trauma-informed approaches, social-emotional learning, restorative practices, and culturally competent practices.

Dr. Espelage will discuss two decades of research on bullying and other forms of youth violence, highlighting the efficacy of school-based programs. Innovative efforts to address bullying, sexual violence, and school violence include apps for students to communicate emotional and physical safety concerns, youth-led student campaigns to address mental health issues and school climate concerns, and professional development training programs for school police officers.

Via Zoom:

Virtual Event