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A Community Response to Bullying

May 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Who should attend A Community Response to Bullying?
This Community Engagement Conversation, “A Community Response to Bullying,” is appropriate for: members of the local community; alumni; students, staff, and faculty; friends and family members of students, staff, and faculty.

A Community Engagement Conversation

This Community Engagement Conversation continues the Stubblefield Institute’s series of discussions leveraging culture and the arts to help communities address hate based violence.  Prior to the moderated panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in small group conversations.

Whether in the workplace, at school, or elsewhere, bullying can be detrimental to well-being.  In this conversation, audience members and community leaders will explore ways communities can help.

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Jessica Alfonso, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent, Department of Equity and Inclusion, Berkeley County Schools

Dr. Jessica Alfonso is a Martinsburg native and a Berkeley County School District alumna. Her educational journey included attending Rosemont, South Middle School, and Martinsburg High. She pursued a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology at Shepherd University. Dr. Alfonso gained research experience as a paid intern at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C. before returning to Martinsburg as a Child Support Specialist. Transitioning into education, she started as a permanent substitute at Martinsburg South Middle School. Her academic path continued with a Master’s in Multi-categorical Special Education from West Virginia University and a Doctorate in Administrative Leadership from Shenandoah University. Dr. Alfonso’s administrative career began as Assistant Principal at Orchard View Intermediate, where she led operational teams to support student success. She then assumed the role of Principal at Potomack Intermediate School, focusing on building positive teams and enhancing the school climate. Currently, as the Assistant Superintendent of BCS, she champions quality and equity in education through the Department of Equity and Inclusion. This department aims to ensure culturally appropriate and inclusive guidelines for curricula, instruction, and resources, celebrating the diversity of students while fostering a supportive learning environment. 

Wendy Baracka,

Director of Counseling Services, Shepherd University

Wendy graduated from Shepherd College with her Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and went on to complete her Master’s of Social Work with West Virginia University. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years providing a variety of counseling and educational support services in both community and school-based settings. Wendy describes her therapeutic skill set as eclectic; combining mindfulness, motivational interviewing and solution-focused skill building to support students in tapping into and nurturing their own strengths and abilities to thrive. When not working Wendy enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Mollie Kennedy

Community Outreach Director, ACLU West Virginia

Mollie is no stranger to the hills of West Virginia. Before her family’s early move to Monongalia County, she spent many hours of her childhood running barefoot around her grandparent’s farm catching frogs, and getting her clothes muddy. She brings her love of the state, its natural beauty and its many wonderful people to her role as Community Outreach Director, working for a safer and more just West Virginia. 

While she is always excited to dig into the details on policy and legal work, she loves facilitating important conversations and public education on issues that matter, empowering others to advocate and take action, and any chance to get into ‘good trouble’ with others to effect positive change.   

Prior to joining ACLU-WV, Mollie worked in a variety of roles in the education field, instructing and training groups ranging from kindergarteners to senior citizens on basic literacy, English as a second language, and more.  

Mollie graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in music education as an oboist, and received her master’s in world languages, literatures and linguistics with a focus on teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She has recently studied with Marshall Ganz through the Harvard Kennedy School to work on the craft of organizing, leadership, and public narrative. 

In her spare time, Mollie loves re-watching episodes of The Office, listening to podcasts, cross stitching, and spending as much time with cats as possible. Mollie lives in Morgantown with her partner and their pets. 

Richard A. Stevens, Jr., Ph.D. 

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Shepherd University

Dr. Richard Stevens is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Psychology at Shepherd University. During his 21 years at Shepherd, he has worked in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Academic Affairs. He is a co-founder and current chair of the Civility Response Team, and his current work focuses primarily on faculty training and development and associated policies and procedures. 

Dr. Stevens has served on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development, editor of Developments, and other leadership roles at ACPA: College Student Educators International. 

Dr. Stevens was recognized with the 2010 Shepherd University Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award and the 2016 Storer College Faculty Award for infusing social justice into his teaching, service, and scholarship. He was recognized as an ACPA Diamond Honoree for service to the association and profession in 2012 and with the Annuit Coeptis – Senior Professional Award in 2016. He is a member of Mensa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Gamma Mu. 

Dr. Stevens received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, his M.S. from Iowa State University, his M.P.S from George Mason University, and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary. He practices and teaches taekwondo as a 4th degree blackbelt. 



Ashley Horst

Executive Director, The Stubblefield Institute

Ashley Horst is the executive director of the Stubblefield Institute. She is an alumna of Shepherd University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and was captain of the speech and debate team. She also has a Master of Arts in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. Horst brings to the Institute 15 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and fundraising.

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Plenty of parking for the Student Center in lots A & C

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Remote and Virtual Options

Listen Live

We hope you can attend in person.  But if you can’t attend, you can still listen to the panel discussion.

The  panel discussion will be broadcast live on WEPM 93.7 FM, WCST 93.5 FM, and online at

Post-event video access

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Thank you to our partners:

West Virginia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ initiative, United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers

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May 15
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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