The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected to host the 2023 World Anti-Bullying Forum. The event is to be held in October 2023 and will be led by Dorothy Espelage, the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the UNC School of Education and a leading expert on bullying and youth well-being.
“We are thrilled to pass the torch to the University of North Carolina,” says Magnus Loftsson, Chair of the WABF Scientific Committee and Head of research at Friends in Sweden, the organization that founded the Forum.
“We received some very strong bids to host WABF 2023 from around the world, but Professor Espelage and her team have a unique capacity of organizing a Forum where dialogue is bringing the bullying prevention field forward, as well as bridging the research/practice gap,” says Frida Warg, Managing director of the World Anti-Bullying Forum.
Espelage says she is looking forward to the forum:
“As we begin to recover from several years of isolation as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ever so important to create safe spaces in our schools, families, and communities for youth to be situated in environments that are protective, supportive, equitable and free of bullying. An important avenue for building resiliency in students is through the gathering of researchers, practitioners, school administrators, youth, and community members from across the globe at the 2023 WABF to disseminate and learn from one another on prevention and intervention successes, innovation, and future directions.”