Upstander Ambassadors Spread the Word

Newly minted Upstander Ambassadors from Walt Whitman gather with many of their Siena facilitators are looking to build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture.
Newly minted Upstander Ambassadors from Walt Whitman gather with many of their Siena facilitators are looking to build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture.
A trained cyberbullying ambassador facilitator from Siena engages our students in a role-playing exercise to emphasize the tools to combat this epidemic and help facilitate a dialogue that will to lead positive change in our communities.
A trained cyberbullying ambassador facilitator from Siena engages our students in a role-playing exercise to emphasize the tools to combat this epidemic and help facilitate a dialogue that will to lead positive change in our communities.
At the podium, Whitman senior Maxwell Fisher encourages the school-wide assembly that they not be a bystander when they witness cyberbullying but, rather, to speak up, notify an adult and/or interrupt the negative behavior– to be an Upstander, which is a popular phrase used in the anti-bullying space.
At the podium, Whitman senior Maxwell Fisher encourages the school-wide assembly that they not be a bystander when they witness cyberbullying but, rather, to speak up, notify an adult and/or interrupt the negative behavior– to be an Upstander, which is a popular phrase used in the anti-bullying space.

A special program rolled into Walt Whitman High School on Tuesday, September 26th.   The AT&T and Siena Upstander Program is a peer-to-peer training approach designed to help high school students combat cyberbullying. This new program utilized trained Siena College students to help educate students, teachers, and school administrators on the growing cyberbullying epidemic and provide workshops, tools, and resources to combat it.

The program at Walt Whitman paired Siena students with 14 of our selected student leaders for the first part of the school day where they engaged in peer-to-peer conversations, role-playing exercises, and workshops on how to be Upstander Ambassadors.  At the end of the day, the Siena facilitators and the newly trained high school Upstander Ambassadors conducted a school-wide assembly program to share best practices, build awareness of the danger of cyberbullying and promote the Upstander behavior and culture. Thank you AT&T, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and the Siena Research Institute and College for bringing this powerful and enlightening program to our students.

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