Co-Sponsored Events

Past Events

"The David Dance" film screening and discussion | March 3, 2016

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" film screening | October 30, 2013

"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."

"Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" film screening | October 11, 2013

Hosted by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, Center for Literacy & Reading Instruction, Gender Institute, and Wellness Education Services

"Fifteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a gay freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie, WY. He was kidnapped and driven to a field where he was tortured and tethered to a fence and left to die. Never regaining consciousness, Matthew succumbed to the severe injuries from the attack and died on October 12, 1998.

The murder of Matthew Shepard 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 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 in the last fifteen years, LGBT 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."

UB Suicide Prevention Week Speaker -"Behind Happy Faces: Talking About Mental Health" | September 10, 2013

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
7:00 p.m.
Woldman Theater, 112 Norton Hall
UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY  

Presented by: University at Buffalo Student Wellness Team

BAND Against Bullying | May 14, 2013

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.

Janet Snyder from KISS 98.5 will emcee the event, and the judges include Hayden Milanes (a cast member of the National Tour of Jersey Boys), Andrew Peters (Sabres Alumni), Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills), Edward Suk (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), Dennis Black (University at Buffalo), Nicholas Picholas (Kiss 98.5), and Amanda Nickerson (Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention).

May 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts | UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY

Hosted by: M&T Bank; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - New York Branch; and the University at Buffalo, including its Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Presented by: Hodgson Russ, LLP

Sponsored by: 100 Club of Buffalo; Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; Aldo Media; Crown Trophy; Dent Neurologic Institute; Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.; JC Creations; New Era; Webb Mason

10th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar | March 15, 2013

"Understanding Human Aggression and Violence, and Making our Schools Safe"
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman | U.S. Army (Ret.); Director, Warrior Science Group

Seminar Summary: In the management of a school environment, Federal, State and Local Police, along with School Personnel require education and research based solutions along with training to address school safety issues. Targeted school violence and bullying are eliciting an ever‐increasing concern among law enforcement and school officials, as well as parents, guardians and students. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. He is a member of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He has trained educators and law enforcement professionals in the field of school safety, making presentations at the state and regional level, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations. Col. Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed “killology.”

Friday, March 15, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts | UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY

Program Sponsors: United States Secret Service, Buffalo Field Office; University at Buffalo; Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, New York Branch; United States Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

UB Suicide Prevention Week Speaker Stacy Pershall | September 5, 2012

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
7:00 p.m.
Student Union Theater and Lobby | UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY

Hosted by: University at Buffalo Student Wellness Team
Co-Sponsored by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

School Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Sexting | April 11, 2012

Andrew J. Freedman
Former Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo | Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP

April 11, 2012
6:00 p.m.
12 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY 

Presented by: Buffalo Human Rights Center at the SUNY Buffalo Law School
Co-Sponsored by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

9th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar | March 14, 2012

Featuring a keynote address by Amanda Nickerson, PhD, Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

March 14, 2012
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Buffalo, NY

Co-Sponsored by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Bullying Prevention: Research Highlights from UB's Alberti Center | November 9, 2011

Amanda Nickerson, PhD
Director | Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

November 9, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Presented by: Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and the Civic Engagement & Public Policy Strategic Initiativ

BAND Against Bullying | May 14, 2013

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.

Janet Snyder from KISS 98.5 will emcee the event, and the judges include Hayden Milanes (a cast member of the National Tour of Jersey Boys), Andrew Peters (Sabres Alumni), Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills), Edward Suk (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), Dennis Black (University at Buffalo), Nicholas Picholas (Kiss 98.5), and Amanda Nickerson (Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention).

Hosted by: M&T Bank; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - New York Branch; and the University at Buffalo, including its Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Presented by: Hodgson Russ, LLP

Sponsored by: 100 Club of Buffalo; Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; Aldo Media; Crown Trophy; Dent Neurologic Institute; Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.; JC Creations; New Era; Webb Mason