ING President Attending White House Conference on Bullying Prevention; 3/9/11

03/09/11 – On Thursday, March 10, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will welcome students, parents, and teachers to the White House for a Conference on Bullying Prevention.

Participating in the conference will be ING President & Executive Director, Maha Elgenaidi who has provided input on federal policies concerning bullying prevention. Last year, she hosted a meeting at the ING office in partnership with the Dept of Education and White House Office of Public Engagement to hear directly from Muslim, Arab, and Sikh students about their experiences of harassment in schools post 9/11.

The conference will bring together communities from across the nation who have been affected by bullying as well as those who are taking action to address it. Participants will speak about the effects of bullying and the work of students, parents, and teachers nationwide. Last fall the President, Vice President, and several administration officials taped video messages for the It Gets Better campaign and discussed the need to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage.

Thursday’s conference will also include breakout sessions to discuss effective policies and programs to prevent bullying followed by a wrap-up session in which Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius along with Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes will deliver remarks. In order to engage audiences across the country, two of the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention breakout sessions will be live chats with Facebook and iVillage.

See below for conference details. We hope you will join us.

10:30AM The President and the First Lady deliver remarks on bullying prevention
Open Press and live streamed on

11:00AM A conversation with experts on effective programs and policies to prevent bullying
Open Press and live streamed on

12:00PM Participants join breakout discussions 
Breakout session topics:

  • In-school Policies
  • In-school Programs
  • Community-based Programs
  • Cyber bullying
  • Campus-based Programs

**Online breakout sessions **

12:20PM: A special “Facebook Live” event at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
Administration officials, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan, and others take live questions from the public via the White House Facebook account on bullying prevention. Closed Press. Live online at:

1:15PM: Open for Questions: iVillage with Secretary Sebelius at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention
Kelly Wallace poses questions from the iVillage audience on bullying prevention to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Closed Press. Live online at:

2:00PM Administration Officials Deliver Closing Remarks at Conference Wrap Up Session