Obama administration officials will be meeting with hundreds of local parents, teachers, students and community leaders at a bullying prevention summit Saturday to address the safety of Asian American, Pacific Islander and Muslim American students.
These students are more likely to be targets of bullying than some of their counterparts, according to new data that U.S. Department of Education officials are expected to release at the event to be held at Hunter College on the Upper East Side.
Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year, or about 13 million students, White House officials said.
Mariadason, a watchdog of anti-harassment policies across the nation, will join keynote speaker Assistant Attorney general Thomas Perez, New York City Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and several others. The day-long summit will also include a panel with representatives from Facebook, MTV and Common Sense Media, who will discuss online bullying and how to stay safe on the Internet.
Convened by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in partnership with CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute and Hunter College, the event aims to raise awareness about harassment of Asian and Muslim Americans, encourage students, parents and advocates to report such incidents and discuss possible solutions, federal officials said.
The city’s teachers union recently unveiled a new anti-bullying hotline for kids 212-709-3222.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders’ Bullying Prevention Summit is on Saturday at CUNY Hunter College Main Cafeteria, 695 Park Ave., 9:30 a.m.