Auburn University to host seventh International Anti-Bullying Summit in June in Peachtree City, Georgia

April 28, 2017

Cyberbullying protection, model school and community anti-bullying initiatives, bystander training, the role of the arts in bullying intervention, and workplace bullying are among the topics that will be addressed in Auburn University’s seventh international Anti-Bullying Summit. The Summit, hosted by Auburn University’s Truman Pierce Institute and Office of Professional and Continuing Education, will take place at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia, on June 21-22. The Summit is approved for CEU and PLU credit.

Presenters include Auburn University Trustee Liz Huntley, along with Judge Glenda Hatchett, Dr. Melissa Mercado, and Jonathan Todres. The Summit will also offer over 30 breakout sessions.

Elizabeth Huntley, an attorney affiliated with Lightfoot, Franklin, White in Birmingham, is an Auburn University Trustee. She works closely with governmental and non-profit agencies who serve children and families.  She has served on several boards, including Leadership Alabama, Children’s First Foundation, Children’s Village, Alabama School Readiness Alliance, Project Gear (President and Co-Founder), and St. Vincent’s Health System. Liz recently published More Than a Bird which recounts her childhood journey from unimaginable poverty and darkness to radiance. The book centers on the concept that one individual can make a huge impact on the path of a child’s life.

Judge Glenda Hatchett served as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia) Juvenile Court, one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. Hatchett has keynoted national conferences, served on the boards of Fortune 500 companies, and is the founder of The Hatchett Firm. She has appeared on the syndicated T.V. show Judge Hatchett and The Verdict.

Dr. Melissa Mercado is a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Mercado serves as a subject-matter expert in youth violence and bullying prevention, and is a member of the federal inter-agency Editorial Board.

Jonathan Todres, a Professor of Law at Georgia State University, has authored numerous publications on child trafficking and other forms of violence against children.  He is co-author of Human Rights in Children’s Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law (Oxford University Press, 2016). Todres also serves as a regular advisor to nongovernmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address children’s rights issues. Since 2012, Todres has served on three committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine including one which focused on “Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention.”

In addition, Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green will present a workshop as part of Centene’s Strong Youth Strong Communities (SYSC) initiative. Centene partners with Pro Football Hall of Fame on SYSC which is designed to equip youth and youth-serving organizations in communities nationwide. SYSC equips youth with life skills, information, and resources, and leadership-focused engagement to help unlock youths’ potential, and promote active thinking and sound judgment. A youth track will be offered especially for teen attendees on June 21.

Hero Awards will be presented to individuals and community groups who have taken proactive measures to eliminate bullying in their schools and communities. A variety of educational resource vendors that focus on bullying prevention products will also be onsite.

The Summit is open to anyone, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the Anti-Bullying Summit, contact Alan Spencer (  or 334-844-5100).