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LIU Brooklyn Presents a Special Discussion on “Bullying and Its Impact on LGBTQ Youth” on April 18

The event is free and open to the public.


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – LIU Brooklyn’s School of Education will sponsor a special presentation, “Bullying and its Impact on LGBTQ Youth,” on Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m. The program is part of the LIU School Talks series in which specialists discuss current issues of interest to students, faculty and members of the Brooklyn community. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Health Sciences Building, Room 121.

 “The general focus of the event is to provide greater understanding of the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer youth community in schools,” said Dr. Amy Ginsberg, associate dean of the School of Education. “The speakers will discuss ways in which the school community can work together to prevent bullying and intercede appropriately when bullying does occur.”

Among the presenting speakers are Steven Toledo, project manager of the LGBT Safe Schools Initiative at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Jonathan Nardi-Williams, graduate of LIU Post's school counseling program and recently appointed commissioner for the Massachusetts State Commission on LGBT Youth.

“This is the first School of Education event on an LGBTQ-specific topic, although such issues are infused throughout the curriculum in our programs in teacher education, counseling, school psychology and school leadership,” Ginsberg said. “We must work to change the often disturbing and debilitating experiences that LGBTQ youth suffer in schools – the rates of depression and suicide among LGBTQ youth are staggering. Current and future school professionals must do everything in their power to change the climate and help these young people live satisfying, happy and fulfilling lives.”

LIU is located in downtown Brooklyn, at 1 University Plaza, at Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Amy Ginsberg at (718) 246-6308 or

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/09/2013

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