The Center for Character Development at Anderson University will co-sponsor a No Bullying initiative on November 19. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Anderson Wigwam and will feature leading national expert, Rodger Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie has provided prevention and intervention training and consultation services to school systems throughout the United States. Other sponsors of the event include the Mayor's Commission against Domestic Violence, Anderson Community School Corporation, Anderson Police Department, Anderson University, the Peace and Conflict Transformation Initiative at Anderson University, and CHARACTER COUNTS! of Madison County. The goal of the event is to bring bullying to the forefront of community consciousness.
Having served with Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) since 1986, Roger Dinwiddie regularly works in partnership with The Center for Youth Issues. Currently, the STARS program offers training, student assistance services, and consultation to approximately 123 schools and community sites within seven school districts in the state of Tennessee. The STARS program employs 70 professionals who provide onsite prevention and intervention services including individual and small group counseling. Dinwiddie has served as the Executive Director and now President of STARS since 1986. He is co-author of the training seminar "Anger, Violence, and You," and he also serves as president on the Board of Directors for the National Student Assistance Association.
Prior to joining STARS, Dinwiddie served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization working with juvenile court referrals and he was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years. During his tenure at STARS he has provided prevention and intervention training and consultation services to school systems throughout the United States.
Dinwiddie serves on the Board of Directors of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA) and is currently President of the Board of Directors of NSAA. He is a member of numerous local and state organizations dedicated to prevention and intervention, is active in the Middle Tennessee area as a Rotarian, member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's Citizens Panel For a Community Report Card on Education (Metro Public Schools) and is a member of the Vestry of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
Dinwiddie received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from George Peabody College and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. He is married to Suzanne, a Vision Specialist and Orientation and Mobility Instructor with the Metro Nashville Public Schools and they have two adult children.
For more information on the No Bullying Initiative, contact JoDean Washington at 641-2076 at the Office of Community Development, Anderson Community Schools.
The mission of The Center for Character Development within the School of Education at Anderson University is to recognize, enhance, teach and sustain positive qualities in the lives of persons in order to promote civility through character development. The intent of this initiative is to foster greater understanding and cooperation among individuals and organizations and help develop a positive environment to address issues that will shape the future.