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.
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.
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.
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.