Durango Diaries, the twice-a-month storyteller series hosted by The Durango Herald, will be held Wednesday. Three Durango residents who are either experts about or victims of bullying will talk about how we as a community can work to prevent it.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Speakers will include:
Shane Nelson, a humanities teacher at Animas High School, has tasked himself with helping La Plata County youths. In 2018, he created Project Basecamp, a school-based suicide-prevention and character-development program designed to prevent mental crises, encourage students to advocate for themselves and build strong bonds between students.
Suzie Null was bullied in eighth grade. The bullying increased from name-calling to threats to a physical altercation in front of an entire class. While Null stood her ground, everyone else stepped back. Now an associate professor of teacher education at Fort Lewis College, Null will discuss how the actions, or lack of action, by others affected her.
Robbie Patla, 16, is a junior at Animas High School. At age 12, Robbie began experiencing social exclusion. In high school, his struggles increased. As a sophomore, he began to seek positive peer relationships, quality mentors, trusted adults and pro-social activities, and he grew to become a leader for his peers.
Season 3 of Durango Diaries will continue at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Durango library through May. Upcoming event topics include:
May 8: People with a passion. What makes people join groups or play team sports? Our three speakers will talk about why they do what they do for fun – and how to get others involved. They will include: Daryl Hinderer, pickleball player; Scott Gibbs, train buff; and Gloria Macht, member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
May 22: War veterans. Five veterans of U.S. wars will talk about their service. They will include: Wayne McGee, World War II; Eric Greene, Korean War; Stan Crapo, Vietnam War; Shoshona Burrows, Desert Storm; and Nathaniel Burford, Iraq/Afghanistan.
The podcast of each Durango Diaries, including past seasons, may be listened to or downloaded on the Herald’s website at durangoherald.com/durangodiaries or go to iTunes and search podcasts for Durango Diaries.
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