Collaborative Events

BAND Against Bullying

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.

Videos of performances from some of the Western New York Schools that have participated in BAND have been posted on the BAND Against Bullying YouTube Channel and website.

Safe Schools Initiative Seminar

The annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar is a forum for educators, law enforcement, first responders and others with a stake in school safety to come together and learn about important topics to help serve and protect our children and our communities. Started in 2004, this initiative has always been a collaborative effort. Principal planning partners and sponsors include the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation; Utica National Insurance Group; the U.S. Secret Service, Buffalo Field Office; the University at Buffalo (Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention and University Police); the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of New York; Erie County District Attorney’s Office; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York Office. Many community partners support the initiative, including Charter Communications, Doyle Security Systems, SUNY Erie Community College, the FBI, New York State Leadership Group, and the New York State Police.

Film Screenings

The Alberti Center periodically co-hosts special events including film screenings for documentaries and stories that directly relate to the mission of the center and promote bullying awareness and prevention. We have also participated in panel discussions focused on the content of the films and provide resources to audience members in the community who attend these events. 

Spread the Word: Inclusion

The Alberti Center joined the Spread the Word: Inclusion (previously Spread the Word to End the R-Word) Western New York committee in 2014. Spread the Word: Inclusion is a global campaign working towards inclusion for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to the Special Olympics: “The motivation for the campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action that also symbolizes positive attitude change and a commitment to make the world a more accepting place for all people.” It started as Spread the Word to End the Word, a US campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using language that is offensive to people with disabilities, but broadened both its goals and its scope in 2019.

Suicide Prevention Events

According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center: "Bullying prevention and suicide prevention share common strategies in three areas: (1) school environment, (2) family outreach, and (3) identification of students in need of mental and behavioral health services (and helping these students and their families find appropriate services)." The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County, established in 2012, is a group of community stakeholders including but not limited to mental health, substance abuse, prevention education, various school districts and county leaders like the Dept. of Mental Health, Dept of Health and the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office. The primary goal is to work to build competent communities for Youth Suicide Prevention in New York State. The Alberti Center joined the coalition in 2017, and is an annual co-sponsor of Suicide Prevention Week activities at UB during the month of September, which is Suicide Prevention Month.