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Dinwiddie Named President Of International Bullying Prevention Association


Rodger Dinwiddie, long-time chief executive officer of Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS), has been named president of the International Bullying Prevention Association.

            Dinwiddie has led STARS in their bullying prevention efforts which most recently earned a Regional Emmy nomination for a public service announcement campaign featuring NewsChannel 5’s Lelan Statom with area students and co-produced by STARS with the Nashville Film Institute. The results of the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) will be announced Saturday, March 17. The PSA is available on the STARS YouTube Channel via a link at and below.

            In his two year term as president of IBPA, Dinwiddie said he will “continue to assist in the sound research based development of bullying prevention programs to help create a safe learning environment, free from bullying behaviors, that nurtures the potential of all students via the efforts of IBPA.”

The upcoming November 2012 international conference, open to the public, will be in Kansas City, Missouri focusing on educators, parents and people in the community who are advocates of bullying prevention. The 2013 International Bullying Prevention Association Conference will be held in Nashville.

            Dinwiddie also serves as the coordinator of the Tennessee Bullying Prevention Network and is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer and Technical Assistance Consultant.

A nationally recognized resource for student assistance, training and professional consultation, STARS assists students, families and schools with prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. Founded in 1984, STARS staff operate in schools and community sites throughout Middle Tennessee via STARS Specialists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services as well as through Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) as a licensed alcohol and drug out-patience treatment facility. Their Kids On The Block puppetry program helps educate kindergarten through sixth grade students about health and social concerns that affect their lives while promoting an understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences. More info at and information on the International Bullying Prevention Association can be found at