Don’t Be a Bully Film Fest

Take a stand against bullies on Friday, November 1, as Pace hosts an anti-bullying film festival in NYC.

Here are some staggering facts you may or may not know:

  • 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year
  • 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying
  • 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying
  • 1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying
  • nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online, but only 1 in 10 will inform a parent or adult
  • 4 in 10 LGBT youth (42%) say the community in which they live is not accepting of LGBT people
  • Roughly half of adolescents with autism, intellectual disability, speech impairments, and learning disabilities are bullied at school

Bullying has become a national epidemic—if we haven’t witnessed it first-hand, we’ve seen it on social media, on TV and in movies, magazines, and on the news. On Friday, November 1, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., focus on bullying at the Bullying Film Festival in the Bianco Room on the NYC Campus and find out why you should become part of the solution.

Join Pace’s LGBTQA and Social Justice Center for the premiere screening of Dear Me, a raw film that explores bullying, bystander behavior, and breaking the silence. Pace students, staff, and faculty will share their stories and will also serve on a panel to discuss their involvement in the film. Dean for Students Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD, will moderate the panel. This will be followed by a series of short film screenings and discussions including:

Cyber Bullying Virus, a serious example of the disease-like effects of cyber bullying. The film illustrates how fast the virus spreads and infects others and can ruin the lives of its victims. The cure for the virus is found in those who stand up against it. Dyson Professor June F. Chisholm, PhD, and Seidenberg professors James P. Lawler, DPS, and John C. Molluzzo will present.

Valentine Road explores the murder of a teenager who had begun exploring his gender expression, revealing the circumstances that led to the shocking crime, as well as its complicated aftermath. Moderated by Dean for Students Marijo Russell-O’Grady.

What Would You Do: Down Syndrome and Employment follows an employee with down syndrome who is insulted by other customers…will the other customers who witness this injustice do anything to stop the hate? Professor Lawler will follow up with a presentation on Bullying of Young Adults with Disabilities.

The event includes food and drinks and is co-sponsored by Seidenberg, the Dean for Students NYC, Psychology Department, the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Lights, Camera, Action!

On April 9, join the community for a Pace first: A Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Films: Film Festival and Discussion Panel, the University’s first film event depicting individuals with disabilities in the media.

Learn about the growing movement for disability rights in an especially positive and powerful setting at Pace! On Tuesday, April 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pace will host A Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Films: Film Festival and Discussion Panel, featuring short films and a distinguished panel on the advocacy of disability rights, in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

The festival, which focuses on individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and individuals with other disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities, will highlight largely short films from leading national and international film festivals for disability rights. The festival includes a panel of experts from organizational and practitioner fields on the challenges and the opportunities introduced in the films, and a discussion with attendees. Assemblymember Micah Z. Kellner, a leading legislator for disability rights in the state of New York, will be one of distinguished panelists.

Sponsored by the Dean of Students, the Counseling Center and the Office of Disability Services, and the CIS 102W community engagement outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of Pace University. The program is supported by AHRC New York City (, an agency that helps individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and by the Fifth Annual ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival (

Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, e-mail Seidenberg Professor Jim Lawler at