Many understand how hurtful it can be to be left out. But what many might not know is that there are long-last effects of ostracism, or exclusion.
It’s those effects upcoming community forums hope to shed light on, Janet Ayres, professor of agricultural economics, said in a press release.
Sponsored by Purdue Extension, Ayres will lead the bullying forums called “All In: Building a Positive Community.”
“We want to move people from ‘I wasn’t aware’ to ‘what can I do?’” Ayres said.
Adults in the community are encouraged to attend. That invitation especially applies to teachers, coaches, police officers, social service providers and religious leaders — anyone who helps develop and lead young people.
The series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Delphi Community High School Little Theater, 301 Armory Road, Delphi, with a screening of the documentary “Reject,” for adults 19 and over. The film features Kipling D. Williams, a Purdue professor of psychological studies, who has researched ostracism for 20 years. A discussion with Williams and film producer Ruth Thomas-Suh will follow the documentary.
Chris Lagoni, superintendent at Carroll Consolidation School Corp., said the documentary will help participants better understand the problem.
“... Seeing the film and the pain [ostracism] causes helps it become real,” Lagoni said.
”Through a series of meetings, with ‘Reject’ as the focal point, we’re hoping to find a group of stakeholders who will help tackle this problem,” Lagoni said.
Carroll Consolidated School Corp., Delphi Community Schools, Purdue University and Purdue Extension have been working together to create a program for communities to increase awareness of bullying and what causes it.
Through a grant, Purdue Extension is working to not only develop a program but to also duplicate it across the state.
Purdue Extension educator Joanne Lytton said she hopes to see a common language created as well as groups working together to created a common positive goal.