The Stony Brook Stand Up Charter, a student organization that was founded on campus last semester to raise awareness about the long-term damaging effects of bullying and homophobia, recently released their latest anti-bullying campaign video.
The Charter, which has 30 active members, was formed to highlight the work of the Stand Up Foundation, created by former English Rugby superstar Ben Cohen. Cohen started the foundation in response to the death of his father, who was killed while intervening on behalf of an employee who was being harassed for his sexual orientation. Cohen left the sport at the peak of his career to focus his efforts on bringing an end to bullying and homophobia.
The Stand Up Charter’s goal is to get every member of the campus community to sign its “Commitment to End Bullying and Homophobia” pledge and show that Stony Brook is and will always be a “bully-free zone.” During the next academic year the group will focus on bystander-intervention training and planning visits to local elementary and middle schools to show children that bullying is never okay.