Ohio Dominican University Students and Faculty Launch Anti-Bullying Campaign

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2012-10-05

 Columbus, OH (43219) – Students and faculty in Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU) Education Division have teamed up to raise awareness of bullying. October is National Bullying Awareness Month. 

As part of a class project, 50 Education students are producing videos, writing stories and creating posters that shed light on the impact of bullying. In many instances, students are sharing personal stories of how they were the victim of bullying. Last year, more than 60 students participated in this project and produced approximately two dozen videos. 

The students participating in this year’s project are in ODU’s Teaching Reading through Literature for Children and Young Adults course. The project is led by Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, and Kimberly Masturzo, Adjunct Professor in the Education Division. 

To further share these stories, ODU students and faculty are designing a website on which to post these projects. The website can be viewed at www.ourstoriescount.com. 

“This project began after I read the young adult nonfiction book, ‘Dear Bully,’ and met New York Times best-selling author Carrie Jones,” said Cordi. “Despite her successes, she was bullied by a teacher.  I could not let this go.  We sought out ways we could use this book in our courses. What started as an assignment grew to immense impact with not only our students, but us.  The classes soon began to seriously discuss the deep implication of bullying in our own lives.  We intended to raise awareness of the subject, but instead realized the need to create action with awareness.” 

To view one of the students’ videos, click here. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. 

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