Vangie Castro, youth education program manager for the Diversity Council, was named to the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying on Friday.
Gov. Mark Dayton established the task force to examine the best practices and policies that currently exist to prevent bullying and provide recommendations.
“I’m really excited to lend a voice,” Castro said.
Castro works with Rochester school students on anti-bullying efforts through the Diversity Council’s Spark program. Through that work she said she’s seen what works well here, including availability of health and social services and outreach, which could be implemented in other parts of the state where bullying has lead to suicides, she said.
The 15-member task force includes the commissioners of the departments of education and human rights,members of the legislature and people with experience or expertise in psychology, education, pediatrics and anti-bullying advocacy. A start date has not been set for the task force’s first meeting.