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Three University of Toledo faculty members will take part in a Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety EduFair next week to provide information about bullying prevention and intervention.

edufairThe EduFair will be Wednesday, May 21, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the WGTE Public Media Studio, 1270 S. Detroit Ave., and is part of the larger Emmy-nominated Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety collaborative effort of WGTE and Fostering Health Communities, which is a joint project among Mercy Health Partners, ProMedica and UT Medical Center. The initiative focuses on increasing youth safety by decreasing the incidence of bullying.

The event will include exhibits providing resources on bullying prevention and intervention with panel discussions featuring noted experts.

Robert Salem, clinical law professor in the UT College of Law, and Dr. Susan Telljohann, professor of health education in the UT College of Health Sciences, will lead the first panel discussion on “Creating Effective Policies” from 4 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, associate professor of educational psychology in the UT Judith Herb College of Education, will serve as the content expert for the Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety initiative and will moderate a question-and-answer session with expert panelists from 5 to 6 p.m. The panel will include representatives of the Oregon Police Department and a family advocate.

Kovach, who is a campus violence prevention and protection trainer for the Department of Justice, also will participate in the 6 p.m. panel discussion on “How Not to Raise a Bully” that will cover topics such as what is bullying, sexting and Internet safety. She will be joined by representatives from the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Toledo Catholic Diocese, Lucas County Sheriff’s Department and Oregon Police Department.

Exhibitors available throughout the day will include National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo, ProMedica’s Cullen Center, UT Medical Center’s Kobacker Center, Lucas County Mental Health & Recovery Services, A Renewed Mind, Toledo Catholic Diocese, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and Equality Toledo.

The event is a resource for school administrators, teachers, parents, students and members of the community interested in addressing bullying.

The EduFair is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to Cathy Kamenca at WGTE by email at cathy_kamenca@wgte.org or 419.380.4646.

For more information about the Preventing Bullying = Creating Safety initiative, visit wgte.org/wgte/preventingbullying.

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