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The Safe and Welcoming Schools project aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of practices that contribute to positive school climate through outreach, engagement, and research. The initiative builds on the substantial expertise of COE faculty in child and adolescent development, school climate, school engagement, and prevention of aggression, bullying, dropout and substance use. Initially emerging from years of addressing youth violence, bullying, and mistreatment, our focus has broadened to encompass promoting positive school climate and pro-social youth development.

Safe and Welcoming Schools faculty are available for consulting, professional development, and technical assistance. We translate research to practice to help create school environments that are safe, welcoming, and engaging for all students. We also host an annual Safe and Welcoming Schools conference covering timely topics pertaining to school climate.

Contact Details

G10Z Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

P: 706-542-9172
E: krac@uga.edu

Director: Katherine Raczynski

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Trainings and workshops

Trainings and workshops

Safe and Welcoming Schools faculty frequently speak in schools, to youth-serving organizations, and at community events on topics related to school climate, bullying, prevention in psychology, and promoting positive youth development.

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Data assistance

Data assistance

We help schools and organizations use data to assess needs, make strategic decisions, and evaluate progress in the area of school climate and youth development.

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Comprehensive bullying prevention

Comprehensive bullying prevention

We provide elementary and middle school books and curricula called Bully Busters. These student lessons are led by teachers, counselors, or other trained adults in a variety of settings.

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Recent news for safe and welcoming schools

Parade honors Georgia Safe Schools Coalition

30 January 2015

The Georgia Safe Schools Coalition served as an organizational grand marshal for the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade

Schools take on new approach to bullying

27 August 2014

With the new school year comes a new focus on bullying that could help schools stop the victimization before it starts, according to the College of Education's Safe and Welcoming Schools program.

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