“We need to change the way people look at bullying to
reflect that it is child abuse by children.”
Jean M. Alberti, PhD '70, EdM '62
Bullying can transform even the best school into a forbidding
environment for children who endure classmates’ taunting. The
pain can last a lifetime, with hopelessness and powerlessness
giving way to depression. Abuses are terrifyingly common.
“It’s not limited to the few victims the public
hears about who commit suicide, or those who turn to school
violence,” says Jean Alberti, a Chicago-based psychologist
and former elementary school teacher.
Alberti’s generosity has enabled the Graduate School of
Education to establish the Jean M. Alberti Center for the
Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence, a clearinghouse
for information on anti-bullying research and programs.
Alberti’s gift was the largest in the history of the
Graduate School of Education. Her passion and advocacy for stopping
bullying abuse will help schools break the cycle of negative
behavior. For millions of young people who suffer silently, the
center’s work could mean the difference between a hostile
school environment and one in which they laugh, learn, make friends