The Middlesex Black-Jewish Coalition, in partnership with the Highland Park Human Relations Commission, has organized a Bystander Intervention Training by the NJ Division on Civil Rights. The event takes place via Zoom on Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. We encourage the community to participate in this free event and to invite their friends to attend. The Zoom link will be sent via email once registration is completed. See the information below on the program and register: https://tinyurl.com/MBJCBystander
This interactive, virtual training explores the factors that inhibit and encourage bystander intervention, especially in situations involving bias, harassment, and discrimination. Participants will investigate the cognitive and psychological processes that influence whether and how people intervene and delve into strategies for intervening to support targets of bias and other problematic behavior. Participants will also learn about the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and consider the importance of bystander intervention within the context of civil rights law. *Please note that the program may contain mature and triggering content on bias incidents and is intended for adults. Discretion is advised.
Elissa Zylbershlag is the Director of Education and Training for the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. She develops, coordinates, and conducts training that promotes the Division’s mission of preventing bias and discrimination. Ms. Zylbershlag previously served as the Director of Conflict Resolution and Anti-Bias Initiatives at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and as a national trainer for the Anti-Defamation League. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Ithaca College and an M.Ed. in Multicultural Education from National University. She also holds a certification in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Hirschfeld is the Lead Curriculum Specialist for the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights’ Education and Training Unit. Previously, Scott served as Senior Director of Education and Youth Engagement for UNICEF USA, Director of Curriculum and Training for the Anti-Defamation League, and Director of Education for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network). In these roles, he managed the development of learning resources and programs on diversity, anti-bias, social justice, and global learning topics. Scott began his career in the New York City public school system, where he worked for fourteen years as an elementary and middle school teacher. Scott has an M.S. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.
Sponsor: Middlesex Black-Jewish Coalition, Highland Park Human Relations Commission, NJ Dept on Civil Rights