This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
South Philadelphia High School student Duong Nghe Ly was once targeted at his school because of his race. Tomorrow, because of his tremendous work in addressing racial harassment at his school, Ly will be at the White House with the President, First Lady, Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, and Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for a conference on bullying in schools.
The event is streaming live online:
The event is a way to kick off a dialogue about bullying in schools. It features remarks by the President and First Lady as well as dialogue from students and educators about bullying and how students and school communities are working to stop it.
The press release announcing the event:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2011
NEW DETAILS: White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Set for March 10
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, March 10, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will welcome students, parents, and teachers to the White House for a Conference on Bullying Prevention.
The conference will bring together communities from across the nation who have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it. Participants will speak about the effects of bullying and the work of students, parents, and teachers nationwide. Last fall the President, Vice President and several administration officials taped video messages for the It Gets Better campaign and discussed the need to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage.
Thursday’s conference will also include breakout sessions to discuss effective policies and programs to prevent bullying followed by a wrap-up session in which Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius along with Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes will deliver remarks. In order to engage audiences across the country, two of the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention breakout sessions will be live chats with Facebook and iVillage.
See below for media coverage details.
10:30AM The President and the First Lady deliver remarks on bullying prevention, East Room, Live streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live
11:00AM A conversation with experts on effective programs and policies to prevent bullying, East Room, Live streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live
Members of media wishing to cover this event must RSVP with “EAST ROOM” in the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend the 11:00 AM discussion, you must also attend the President and First Lady’s remarks at 10:30 AM. Members of the media who do not hold a hard pass must include their full legal name, date of birth, social security number, and country of citizenship in the RSVP email.
12:00PM Participants join breakout discussions, Pooled Press
Breakout session topics:
- In-school Policies
- In-school Programs
- Community-based Programs
- Cyber bullying
- Campus-based Programs
**Online breakout sessions **
12:20PM: A special "Facebook Live" event at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
Administration officials, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, and others take live questions from the public via the White House Facebook account on bullying prevention.
Closed Press. Live online at: www.whitehouse.gov/live1:15PM: Open for Questions: iVillage with Secretary Sebelius at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
Kelly Wallace poses questions from the iVillage audience on bullying prevention to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Closed Press. Live online at: www.whitehouse.gov/live
2:00PM Administration Officials Deliver Closing Remarks at Conference Wrap Up Session, South Court Auditorium, Live streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live
Members of media wishing to cover this event must RSVP with “WRAP UP” in the subject to email@example.com. Members of the media who do not hold a hard pass must include their full legal name, date of birth, social security number, and country of citizenship in the RSVP email.
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