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Moving Beyond Fear: Anti-Bullying Awareness Day
Moving beyond a local perspective, OCSP, Office of Diversity Education, and many Indiana University student groups and organizations will view bullying through a more encompassing global lens, including nuclear proliferation under the same umbrella. We seek to promote world peace by raising awareness about bullying between individuals, and nuclear proliferation between states. Both, at different levels of analysis, entail the use of fear, coercion, and intimidation that together play a role in undermining security, and eroding freedom. Juxtaposing the issues of "traditional" bullying against the everyday threat of nuclear weapons, we aim to demonstrate the common thread between these seemingly separate issues.
Fostering dialogue as a means of problem solving and solution building, our hope is that this event will not only inform its participants, but goad campus activism as well. We would like this event to involve as much of the campus as possible. As everyone is affected by both bullying, and nuclear proliferation, it's only appropriate to extend a standing, campus-wide invitation to help support this coming event.
In an increasingly interdependent world, we share responsibility for the security of all human beings. Conflict and mistrust between communities, crime, domestic violence, and abuse–even the biting comment–are all part of the larger culture of violence. The broad base of the pyramid is the silent violence of apathy–our willingness to live comfortably while ignoring the reality that others are in pain. Our challenge is to rise above the violence.
We are inviting you, your friends, and family to attend Moving Beyond Fear: April 1st Anti-Bullying Awareness Day. If you would like to be a sponsor, please call or e-mail Kim Morris-Newson, OCSP Associate Director, at kmorrisn@Indiana.edu.
Revised: March 1, 2012
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs