Troy University civic engagement forum to shed light on ‘bullying’

Posted: Monday, 01 April 2013

TROY - Identifying and preventing bullying will be the topic of an April 4 Civic Issues Forum at Troy University.

The forum, presented by the University’s Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement in conjunction with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, will be held in room 212 of the Trojan Center beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday. It is the second of four forums in which students from First-Year Learning Communities will lead discussions about topics of importance in today’s society.

Students from the Healthy Futures Learning Community will lead the discussion on identifying and preventing bullying.

“Each year the Mathews Center, through which these forums are funded, takes on a different civic concern. This year’s focus is on bullying,” said Jonathon Cellon, coordinator of learning initiatives in the University’s Office of First Year Studies. “When you look at the statistics dealing with the instances, as well as the consequences of bullying it is pretty mind-blowing. Through these forums we hope not only to bring awareness to the issue but also form strategies for dealing with the problem throughout our community.”

The series of forums kicked off on March 28 as students examined what role communities play in preparing children for tomorrow’s jobs. The forums will continue on April 11 examining the topic “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” and wrap up on April 18 with the discussion “Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow?”

Support for this Civic Issues Forum series comes from a grant from The David Mathews Center for Civic Life, a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt corporation based in Montevallo that seeks to foster infrastructure, habits and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making.