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Dr. Duke (fourth from the left) speaks to a group from Latvia on bullying prevention.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – One Alabama Extension specialist is going beyond Alabama and sharing her bullying prevention work to international audiences.

Dr. Adrienne Duke, a specialist of human development and family studies, shares her work on bullying prevention along with the Be SAFE program, with various international groups connected to Global Ties Alabama (GTA).

Bullying Prevention

Duke has presented her work and research on bullying prevention to several difference audiences including school professionals, academics and government officials from different countries. Some of the these countries include Libya, Latvia, Croatia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Israel, South Africa and Nambia.

She recently presented a program entitled “Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations to Prevent and Respond to Racism and Intolerance” to a group of 16 educators from Berlin, Germany. The project sponsor was the U.S. Embassy in Berlin in the Visitor Leadership Program.

Annette Philpo’t, program consultant for Global Ties Alabama, has been inviting Duke to present her bullying prevention work since 2017.

“Through GTA’s international exchange programs, Dr. Duke has presented programs to educators and multi-regional global leaders sharing her knowledge of developing affirming environments for youth, promoting positive peer relationships and strategies to prevent bullying,” said Phlipo’t.


Duke’s anti-bullying work has made her highly visible. She has won several awards for her work in bullying prevention. These awards include:

  • 2018 School of Wellness Award
  • Epsilon Sigma Pi Distinguished Team Award for the implementation of the Be SAFE Bullying Prevention Program
  • 2017 Anti-Bullying Hero Award from the Auburn University Truman Pierce Institute’s National Anti-Bullying Summit.

Duke also does work related to diversity and inclusion. Her research and programmatic efforts fit great for Global Ties Alabama groups.

“Dr. Duke’s research in healthy adolescent development has reached international audiences,” said Dr. Jennifer Wells Marshall, Alabama Extension interim assistant director for Human Sciences. “It is a true honor to have her expertise to help guide the adolescent health initiative of Human Sciences Extension.”

Global Ties Alabama

Global Ties Alabama is an organization established in Huntsville in 1965. It is connected to the International Visitor Leadership Program through the U.S. Department of State.  The program brings the international community to Alabama to participate in global conversation on important issues.

“It helps international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel welcome in the community,” said Philpo’t. “It also provides information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents.”

Themes for the GTA projects are diverse and include topics such as entrepreneurship, interfaith dialogue, countering extremism, education, healthcare, journalism, democratic government, agriculture, cybersecurity, human rights and foreign policy.

More Information

For more information about Duke’s bullying prevention program or other Extension programs, visit Alabama Extension online at www.aces.edu.

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