NEWARK, N.J., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, May 20th, Peace Islands Institute (www.peaceislands.org), a non-profit organization that promotes peaceful dialogue and cross cultural understanding, will host a conference on Cyber Bullying at Rutgers University, where student Tyler Clementi tragically took his own life after suffering emotional and physical trauma from cyber bullying.
Speakers will include psychologists, experts on bullying, law enforcement officials, including a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and conflict resolution practitioners who will provide a 360 degree look at how to detect signs of cyber bullying and how it can be prevented in schools across the nation.
"Cyber Bullying is a serious issue that has harmed far too many young people across the United States," said Ercan Tozan, Executive Director of Peace Islands in New Jersey. "As an organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and dialogue, Peace Islands hopes to help find a way to address this issue by bringing together some of the top minds on this issue, including the young people that are too often the victims of all forms of bullying."
Peace Islands will also award prizes to the winning contestants of the annual Arts and Essay Contest, which focuses on the theme of Cyber Bullying this year. The Arts and Essay Contest has accepted entries of art pieces and essays from secondary school students throughout the state of New Jersey. Winners will be awarded scholarships by the organization and several New Jersey elected officials will participate in the awards ceremony, including Senators Tom Keane and Bob Smith.
This is the fourth annual Arts and Essay contest. Last year's theme focused on "Poverty: Time to Act Together."
About Peace Islands Institute
Peace Islands Institute is a nonprofit 501c organization based in the United States. The organization aims to build a lasting peace by promoting dialogue and cross cultural learning. To further its goals, the organization operates four centers: Center for Global Affairs, Center for Social Affairs, Center for Interfaith Affairs and Center for Education. The organization and its centers host several events including interfaith dialogues, panel discussions, inter-cultural trips, and philanthropic events.
Learn more about Peace Islands Institute at www.peaceislands.org.
About Arts and Essay Contest
The Art& Essay Contest is an annual contest sponsored by Peace Islands with the intention to instill universally accepted values of diversity, tolerance, and respect for human dignity in teens and young adults of the state of New Jersey. It provides a forum for various platforms in which teens can express their understanding of these values. Several hundred dollars in prizes will be granted to high school and middle school students.
SOURCE Peace Islands Institute