Changing the Culture: Ideas for Student Action

8 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2013

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Anne Collier; Net Family News, Inc

Susan Swearer

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Mia Doces

Committee for Children

Lisa Jones

University of New Hampshire

Date Written: February 23, 2012


As a part of its collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation, the Berkman Center is publishing a series of papers that synthesize existing peer-reviewed research or equivalent scholarship and provide research-grounded insight to the variety of stakeholders working on issues related to youth empowerment and action towards creating a kinder, braver world. This series, called the The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series (Danah Boyd and John Palfrey, editors), is presented by the Born This Way Foundation & the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
 The first set of papers, which were intended to provide insights to the new foundation, involved topics related to Youth Meanness and Cruelty.

The purpose of this document is to provide positive action items that students can take to make their schools and communities healthier places and to challenge meanness and cruelty. It is presented as a list of ideas. While none of these initiatives have been evaluated, they are grounded in a research-driven understanding of interventions, practices, and actions that can be helpful in improving school culture.

Suggested Citation

Collier, Anne and Swearer, Susan and Doces, Mia and Jones, Lisa, Changing the Culture: Ideas for Student Action (February 23, 2012). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2013-3, Available at SSRN: or

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