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Mayor Greg Stanton Issues Proclamation Commemorating GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week (Jan 18 - 22)

Participants will work to End Name-Calling and Bullying in Schools


Danny Hernandez
GLSEN Phoenix

Kari Hudnell
GLSEN National
Media Relations Manager


PHOENIX (January 18, 2016) – GLSEN Phoenix, a chapter of the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students will “Celebrate Kindness” alongside thousands of educators and students as Part of GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week. 

Launched in 2004, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week invites educators and students across the country to engage in dialogue about eliminating name-calling and bullying in their communities. Inspired by The Misfits, a young-adult novel about four friends who campaign for student government on a “no name-calling” platform, the program is part of GLSEN’s efforts to create safe and affirming schools for all K-12 students.

GLSEN, alongside over 60 partner organizations, provides materials and tools for educators to incorporate the theme of “Celebrate Kindness” into their classrooms. Over 13,000 educators have signed on since the program’s founding.

In addition to providing planning guides, lesson plans, and ideas for activities for educators, GLSEN organizes a Creative Expression Exhibit where individuals, schools, and groups can share their efforts and inspire others through poems, stories, essays, drawings, collages, sculptures, songs, videos and more.

Locally, GLSEN Phoenix’s Student Organizing committee will commence spring GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) outreach to 70+ schools across the valley during No Name-Calling Week. “During our calls, we discuss options in programming around No Name-Calling Week, schedule school visits and offer professional development training workshops for educators” said Sean Nonnenmacher, Student Organizing Coordinator for GLSEN Phoenix. 

On Friday, January 15, 2016, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton issued a proclamation to observe GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week. The proclamation “encourages all teachers, students, parents, and school officials to participate in and conduct programs and activities aimed to reduce name-calling and bullying in our schools.”

The proclamation notes that “Name-calling targets others on the basis of body size, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, social or academic standing, or any other attribute for which students are singled out. These provocations hurt our children, inflicting deep wounds that stick with them well into their adult lives.” 

“We echo Mayor Stanton’s recommendation for school officials to take part in No Name-Calling week. We believe in celebrating kindness while working to create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias. With the launch of No Name-Calling Week coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day there is great opportunity for our educators to incorporate lessons of kindness with themes of justice and equality” said Ricardo Martinez, Co-chair of GLSEN Phoenix.

To learn how to plan a week in your school or to celebrate kindness through lessons and activities click here. To read the full No Name-Calling Week Proclamation click here.

About GLSEN Phoenix

GLSEN Phoenix is one of 40 local chapters of the nation’s leading education organization working to ensure that all students in every K-12 school are valued and treated with respect,  regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.   Following a research-based approach, GLSEN Phoenix works throughout Maricopa County supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities, assisting educators in becoming allies to LGBTQ youth by developing the knowledge and skills needed to create and sustain safe, inclusive, respectful and healthful environment for all students, and partnering with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.