Issues and Ice Cream Series Opens Nov. 6 with Focus on Bullying and Civility

Issues and Ice Cream Series Opens Nov. 6 with Focus on Bullying and Civility

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to “Issues and Ice Cream,” the first in a series of discussions sponsored by Cooperative Extension to build collaborations for research and activities vital to the state of New Hampshire and beyond. 

The first topic, set for Nov. 6 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room at New Hampshire Hall, will focus on understanding bullying and bystanding; promoting empathy and civility while highlighting research and programming from across campus. 

Share research, experiences and ideas about bullying, meanness, empathy and civility, while enjoying some ice cream from the UNH Dairy Bar. 

The event is coordinated by Positive Learning Environments for Youth (PLEY,) which includes Malcolm Smith, Extension specialist/associate professor; Rick Alleva and Thom Linehan, field specialists, Extension youth and family team; Mike Middleton, chair, department of education; Jane Stapleton, co-director, UNH Prevention Innovations; Jeff Frigon, the Browne Center for Innovative Learning; Ellen Semran, LGBTQA coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and other invited guests. 

Among the research from across the UNH community that will be showcased will be Cooperative Extension’s Courage to Care Program, as well as programs developed by UNH Multicultural Affairs, the Browne Center, the Prevention Innovations Programs, the department of education, the Institute on Disabilities, and other campus programs. 

The “Issues and Ice Cream” forum will give faculty, staff and students a chance to engage with researchers and learn about programs on campus that are designed to increase civility and reduce bullying, peer victimization, and meanness in a relaxed and friendly give and take setting.  

In the near future, other areas of Extension’s wide range of collaborative programming will be featured in campus forums including community development, food and agriculture, natural resources as well as positive youth development.