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White House AAPI Initiative to Hold Summit on Combating Bullying on Saturday in New York City

New Education Department Data to be Discussed at Summit Shows Bullying is of Particular Concern to AAPI and Muslim American Student Safety

Contact:  
Toby Chaudhuri, 978-884-8626 , toby.chaudhuri@ed.gov


Event Date 1: October 29, 2011 09:00 am - 04:00 pm

NEW YORK – Hundreds of parents, teachers, students and community leaders will join Obama Administration and local officials at a bullying prevention summit on Saturday in New York City to address the safety of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Muslim American students. New data from the Department of Education that will be released at the summit shows bullying is of particular concern in AAPI communities.

The summit, convened by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in partnership with the Asian American/Asian Research Institute and Hunter College at The City University of New York, is designed to raise awareness about the harassment of AAPIs and Muslim Americans, encourage community members to report incidents and to discuss next steps to combat bullying. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez will deliver keynote remarks and several students and parents will share their personal experiences.

**NOTE: Media representatives interested in covering the White House AAPI Initiative’s Bullying Prevention Summit should pre-credential by emailing their name, title, organization and contact information to Toby Chaudhuri at toby.chaudhuri@ed.gov by Friday at 5 p.m. ET. Members of the public must register in advance to attend the summit at http://go.usa.gov/XgS.**

WHITE HOUSE AAPI INITIATIVE BULLYING PREVENTION SUMMITEVENT HIGHLIGHTS

CUNY Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., New York City

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
**All events listed are open press and all times local**

9:30 a.m. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez joins senior Obama Administration and local officials to deliver keynote remarks to hundreds gathered at the White House AAPI Initiative’s bullying prevention summit.

10:30 a.m. Students and parents share their stories about bullying and advocates and experts discuss bullying effects on AAPI and Muslim American communities.

12 p.m. Obama Administration officials and public health professionals discuss what to do when bullied.

1 p.m. Public health professionals and community advocates discuss how to discuss bullying with children and parents.

2:30 p.m. Representatives from major social media networks discuss online bullying and how to stay safe on the Internet.

4 p.m. Obama Administration officials discuss the importance of filing harassment claims with the federal government and tools student can use to resolve issues.


Event 1
Who : Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice
Kiran Ahuja, director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Amy Berman, enforcement director, Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Deborah Temkin, Bullying Prevention Initiative coordinator, Department of Education
Amardeep Singh, member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Hector Vargas, member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
May Ying Chen, member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
John Liu, New York City Comptroller
Christine Quinn, speaker, New York City Council
Julissa Ferraras, council member, New York City Council
Thomas Mariadason, staff attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Brooke Oberwetter, associate manager, Facebook
Noopur Agarwal, senior director, MTV Networks
Anne Schreiber, vice president, Common Sense Media
Loan Tran, high school student from Charlotte, N.C.
Trang Dang, high student from Philadelphia, Pa.
Shehnaz Abdeljaber, parent from Piscataway, N.J.
What : White House Initiative Bullying Prevention Summit
When : Saturday, October 29, 2011
9:30 a.m. ET
Where : CUNY Hunter College Main Cafeteria, 695 Park Ave., New York City (Media entrance is at 68th St. and Lexington Ave.)
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