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Drexel to Hold Community Symposium on School-Aged Violence

Philadelphia, January 28, 2010

What: Drexel University’s Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence will hold a community symposium on Feb. 1, to discuss, diversity, bullying and other challenges that schools such as South Philadelphia High School and their surrounding neighborhoods face. Who: Dr. Charles A. Williams III, assistant clinical professor of Drexel’s School of Education and director of the Center for School-Aged Violence, will moderate a panel discussion consisting of researchers, educators, public leaders and child-serving professionals. The discussion will focus on possible solutions to the above challenges. There will also be a presentation by high school students. Panelists will include: Dr. Barbara Moses, former Philadelphia School District leader, CEO of Philadelphia Mennonite High School; Brad Baldia, director, Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative, commissioner, Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs; Dr. Daniel Harvey, assistant professor and program director, School Counselor Program, Gwynedd-Mercy College, former school guidance counselor. The panelists will take questions from the public, which has been invited to attend. When: Monday, February 1, 2010, from 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center 32nd and Chestnut Streets Background: Housed in Drexel’s School of Education, the Center for School-Aged Violence works to ensure that all youth possess the skills necessary to help prevent violence. The Center also creates awareness and informs policy leaders and stakeholders of the various types of evidence-based activities that prevent school-aged violence. ### News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or ngianakaris@drexel.edu