What a tremendous addition to Garden State Equality: Shannon Cuttle, one of the nation’s most accomplished leaders in creating safe schools and countering school-related bullying, is joining us as Managing Director for Anti-Bullying Initiatives. Shannon directed anti-bullying initiatives for the District of Columbia, founded and led the national advocacy organization Safe Schools Action Network, and is the creator of National Safe Schools Day.
You will love Shannon. She’s a hands-on educator with both academic and grassroots organizing experience, and has a long track record in teaching and empowering youth. She holds certifications in crisis prevention and in emergency management in schools and communities. And she has spoken widely on bullying at universities across the country as well as on network and cable television.
Garden State Equality is welcoming Shannon Cuttle with six anti-bullying events in North, Central and South Jersey:
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Long Branch. Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus members in Central Jersey meet and hold a reception for Shannon at the home of Luanne Peterpaul and Robin Kampf.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Haddonfield. Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus members in South Jersey meet and hold a reception for Shannon at the home of Kim and John Otto.
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:00 noon, South Orange. Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus members in North Jersey meet and hold a reception for Shannon at the home of Hetty Rosenstein.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Cherry Hill. Youth Empowerment Summit for South Jersey. Training for youth throughout the region in school climate, community organizing and leadership development, empowering them to make schools safer for all. At the Universalist Unitarian Church, 401 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill.
Sunday, April 14 at 12:00 noon, Asbury Park. Youth Empowerment Summit for Central Jersey. Training for youth throughout the region in school climate, community organizing and leadership development, empowering them to make schools safer for all. At Trinity Church, 503 Asbury Avenue, Asbury Park.
Sunday, April 21 at 12:00 noon, Montclair. Youth Empowerment Summit for North Jersey. Training for youth throughout the region in school climate, community organizing and leadership development, empowering them to make our schools safer for all. At Bnai Keshet Synagogue, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair.
Shannon has not only led anti-bullying and youth initiatives in the District of Columbia and her native Michigan, but she has also modeled legislation similar to New Jersey’s anti-bullying law – a Garden State Equality achievement ranked by the U.S. Department of Education as the strongest anti-bullying law in the country.
“Garden State Equality has not only blazed new trails with New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” Shannon says, “but is also renowned for its commitment to working with youth, whether or not they are LGBT, and other educational stakeholders to ensure the law makes a difference in the real world. What an incredible place to improve young people’s lives.”
Shannon will work with Troy Stevenson, who begins next week as my successor as Chair and CEO as I move on to become Associate Chancellor for External Relations at Rutgers-Newark; Luanne Peterpaul, our vice chair and esteemed anti-bullying attorney who helped to write the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and is a member of the State of New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Task Force; and myself. Though I’m transitioning from Chair to Chair Emeritus next week when I join Rutgers, I will remain ex officio on Garden State Equality’s Board and Executive Committee.
Shannon will also guide the Garden State Equality Youth Caucus, the organization’s platform for youth across New Jersey that empowers them to become leaders at school and in greater society, and has been at the forefront of Garden State Equality’s work.
Here’s what my successor Troy Stevenson says about Shannon: “Garden State Equality will have one of the best anti-bullying teams anywhere – and having been a youth organizer as well, I’m honored to be a part of the team.
“Shannon’s national experience, along with our expertise in New Jersey, will have a dramatic impact in improving the lives of youth in our state. And we’re thrilled that even as Steven moves onto his new job at Rutgers, he will remain ex officio on our Board and Executive Committee. Continuing his anti-bullying leadership – for all our youth, regardless of why they are bullied – is a Garden State Equality priority second to none.”
Welcome aboard, Shannon!