A Hate Bias Summit to address youth-based hate activity and hate crimes in schools and on college campuses and the community’s response is scheduled for Monday, May 6, 2013 at Towson University. This free Summit will be held in the newly built West Village Commons building (4th floor), located at 424 Emerson Drive, Towson, Maryland 21252, from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.
The “Save Our Students (S.O.S.) Summit – Hate Bias on Campus and in School” will address the growing number of hate incidents perpetrated by and against youth and young adults enrolled in an academic setting, which has contributed to school shooting, suicide attempts and other violence. These acts may have been based on prejudice or bias regarding someone’s race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), marital status, disability (both physical and mental), sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
The S.O.S. Summit will bring together subject matter experts with participants from across the state, including college and secondary school administrators, law enforcement, school resource officers, college campus police, PTA leadership, students at the high school and college levels, members of the judiciary, States Attorney staff, and School Superintendents.
Co-sponsors, the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission and Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism would be honored to have you as a guest. Registration for the Summit will close soon on April 29, 2013, so please take the time now online at the 2013 Hate Bias Summit web address, which is: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/hatebiassummit.html.
Recognized subject matter experts will have much to offer about the following Summit topics:
- Bullying as the Genesis of Hate Bias Activity
- Social Media and Cyber Bullying – The Anonymity of Hate Today
- Through the Eyes of a Victim — Reality for Gay and Transgender Students
- Hate — A Link to Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Issues and Suicide
- Where Does Free Speech End and Criminal Conduct Begin?
- Student Groups — Are They Fuel for the Fire or Fire Retardant?
- Who Owns the Problem? — Adult Responsibility versus Student Privacy Rights
- Role of School Resource Officers, Campus Police, and Local Police
- Consequences of Hate — Reporting and Successful Prosecution of Cases
- How the Healing Begins — Best Practices in Alternatives Sentencing Options
The S.O.S. Summit is free to individuals who pre-register, and will include both breakfast and lunch. The number of registrants, however, will be limited to approximately 300. (A copy of the SAVE THE DATE flier and registration form is here so that you or others you know may register for the event.) Again, the 2013 Hate Bias Summit registration web address is: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/hatebiassummit.html.
Your participation in this year’s Hate Crimes Summit will help make it more memorable. Please contact Event Chair Linda Dorsey-Walker, MBA via email or at (410) 887-0597 within the next week should you have any questions.