This dignity-themed high school performing arts competition was created to raise community awareness of bullying-related issues and empower youth to be advocates for change in their homes, schools, and communities. Proceeds from the event will support bullying prevention and intervention efforts in the participating schools, as well as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, who works to protect children from victimization.
The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and EmbraceWNY co-sponsored a film screening and discussion at the Amherst Dipson Theatre on Thursday, March 3 2016 of:
The David Dance
Away from the microphone, David is soft spoken, shy and unsure of himself. However, as his on-air alias, "Danger Dave" - host of the local radio show "Gay Talk" in Buffalo, New York - he's poised, witty and every listener's best friend. His sister, Kate, is a thrice divorced banker with a yen for classical music and cats. Though successful, the siblings suffer from a secret, yet vast sense of inadequacy. Kate decides to adopt an orphan in Brazil and asks David to be a father figure. Meanwhile, David grapples with his self-doubts while gawkily romancing his co-worker. Past and present intertwine in this bittersweet winter's tale of a man learning to love and accept himself.
CAST: Don Scime, Guy Adkins, Antoinette LaVecchia
DIRECTOR: Aprill Winney
"Submit the Documentary exposes the most epic struggle in the digital, Internet age: cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying by means of electronic technology committed through email, instant messaging, mobile applications, social media, chat rooms, and blogs or through messages and images sent through a cell phone. Because of the anonymity, kids who never thought of being a bully are becoming harassers. By exploring the complicated dynamics behind cyberbullying, Submit the Documentary describes the impact and outcomes of advanced technology and human nature in a lawless, new, social frontier.
In the worst cases, kids and teens take their own lives as the families in Submit the Documentary know all too well. Their narratives describe their close encounters with cyberbullying in heart wrenching detail compared to the lighthearted innocence of kids blithely describing their experience with sexting.
Submit the Documentary demystifies the problem by including numerous experts who enlighten parents and viewers to the subculture of social media that children are participating in every day. The experts explain the extent of the problem, roadblocks to solutions, and offer potential, unconventional solutions."
Hosted by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, Center for Literacy & Reading Instruction, Gender Institute, and Wellness Education Services
The murder of Matthew Shepard, in October of 1998, was a devastating tragedy that made countless headlines around the world. As people denounced the hatred and senseless violence that caused Matthew’s death, a much-needed dialogue about hate crimes and intolerance against the LGBT[Q] community began and continues to this day. His tragic story brought the reality of inequality and vicious, irrational contempt into the public consciousness and set the stage for the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009.
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt's, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.
While we've come a long way, LGBT[Q] inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt's story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people's realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are not at risk of falling victim to the same story ending Matt was."
Ross Szabo | Speaker, Author, and Social Innovator
Ross is an award winning speaker, author and social innovator who pioneered a new way to help young people take charge of their mental health. His program educates students about mental health issues, suicide and coping.
September 10, 2013
Woldman Theater, 112 Norton Hall
UB North Campus
Presented by: University at Buffalo Student Wellness Team
This is a remarkable program that addresses hope and survival. Stacy will discuss her journey though bullying, mental health issues, suicide, and healing through therapy. Her program educated the audience on mental health struggles and effective coping.
September 5, 2012
Student Union Theater and Lobby | UB North Campus
Hosted by: University at Buffalo Student Wellness Team
Co-Sponsored by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention