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From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Addressing Bullying Behaviors

The issue of bullying in schools has led to widespread responses, legislation, and preventative programs. But an important question still needs to be addressed: What happens to people who exhibit bullying behavior as a youth when they grow up? Research suggests that schoolyard bullies often continue their intimidating and exclusionary behavior in the workplace. But because of the complexities of bullying, effective responses are often difficult to develop.

In this session, participants will discuss the similarities—and differences—between school bullying and workplace intimidation. We’ll also discover what strategies are being used to solve the issue in schools and how they can be adapted in the workplace. Finally, we’ll identify ways to mentor victims (and prevent more from developing) and learn how to model inclusive leadership at the personal and organizational levels.

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Course Length

90 minutes (in-person), 60 minutes (online)

Who this course is for

General audience

  • Review PFLAG National’s background and expertise working with parents, educators, and school personnel to minimize the negative experiences of youth who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Clarify how the term bullying may not be appropriate when discussing exclusionary behaviors in the workplace and suggest new language to help address the issues that employees who identify as LGBTQ+ face
  • Compare and contrast what research teaches us about bullying and harassment in schools and what we know about the impacts of an unwelcoming workplace culture
  • Consider the strategies, resources, and tools used by parents and teachers to address bullying and schools and adapt them in order to create more inclusive workplace environments
  • Learn about student-led programs that really work to create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and how employee resource groups can develop similar programs and organization-level changes

A cross-network version of this workshop, designed to highlight intersections and inspire collaborative efforts, is available.