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Drake to Host Second Annual Conference on Bullying

February 24, 2015

Drake University and the Center for Bullying Resolution will host the second annual Conference on Bullying: Investigation and Resolution on March 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This full-day conference will be held in 310 Upper Olmsted Center at Drake University, 2875 University Avenue.

This conference is geared towards K-5 educators, administrators, and graduate students in education.  The conference will bring together a proven bullying and harassment investigation system with cutting edge research on bullying and socialization, to introduce participants to a social justice approach to bullying resolution.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • What can staff do to change the environment in which bullying thrives?
  • How do you see bullying even if a child does not report it to you, and then what do you do about it?
  • How do you investigate bullying when you see it and when someone other than the victim reports it to you?
  • What remediation steps can you take to prevent reoccurrence of bullying behavior in elementary-aged children who have founded bullying complaints?

Dr. Deneese Jones, provost of Drake University, will provide the opening remarks. Amanda Easton and Dr. Sandra Patton-Imani, co-founders of the Center for Bullying Resolution, will facilitate the sessions. Drake University students also will present a poster session of their research on bullying.

Amanda Easton is a bullying investigation specialist with a wide range of consulting services regarding bullying and harassment investigation. She has previously worked as the primary investigator for Des Moines Public Schools and an equal opportunity specialist with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, among other positions. Easter earned a Master’s of Education in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.

Dr. Sandra Patton-Imani is an associate professor in the department of the study of culture and society at Drake University. She is a former postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School. Patton-Imani earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Registration is currently $85, but will increase to $100 after March 18. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Participants will need to provide their own lunch.  Parking is available in the Olmsted lot, next to the building; validation provided courtesy of Drake's Office of Service Learning.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Bullying Resolution, Shape Shifter Development, Drake University Office of Service Learning, Drake University Department for the Study of Culture and Society, and the Drake University Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Click here to register for the event.