James Madison University

Community Summit to Stop Bullying: Standing Together to Build a Beloved Community

By Sandy Jolles
September 2013 

The School Psychology Program at James Madison University will help host an anti-bullying summit on September 21, 2013 in Memorial Hall.  The event brings together members of the Shenandoah Valley community, including residents, students, teachers, administrators, and school employees.  The summit will comprise a discussion that allows all members of the community to have their voices heard.

About the Community Summit


The event is a follow-up response to the screening of Bully on January 29, 2013. Over 800 people flocked to see this powerful documentary, and participate in the panel discussion that followed.  This conversation will focus on how bullying appears in the community, and future efforts to stop the spread of bullying.  Members of this summit will explore and brainstorm ways to change the culture of bullying. 

Organizers of the Summit


Individuals from all over the Shenandoah Valley collaborated to plan this event with a goal of ending bullying in our area.  Funded by a grant from the College of Education at James Madison University, organizers of this summit include: the Department of Education at Eastern Mennonite University, the School Psychology Program at James Madison University, Southerners on New Ground, and the Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance.

Open Space


The summit will utilize the Open Space method of meeting to provide every person attending the opportunity to contribute through meaningful discussion.  The goal of this event is to develop new strategies and connections.  All community members will take part in small group discussions, then reconvene in a large group setting for further discussion.

This event is free to the public and is held between 10:00 am-3:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Those who wish to participate must RSVP in advance.  To Register