March 23rd, 2018


Combatting Hate and Extremism: Fostering Inclusion in Our Schools and Communities

Heightened incidents of hate crimes and bigotry have plagued communities and schools across the United States. A culture of fear and vulnerability exist in many schools and communities due to these incidents and also acts of terrorism which impact all of us.

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is partnering with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UML) to sponsor a conference addressing hate, bigotry and terrorism. Presentations will include information on cyber threats and vulnerabilities, extremism, online safety and education about sensitive issues such as hate. An update on how terrorist and extremist organizations use the cyber world to recruit youth as members will also be presented.

Participating departments at UML are the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies, the Graduate School of Education and Operation250.  Operation 250 is an Online Safety and Countering-Violent Extremism Program and Department of Homeland Security Awardee, 2017.

March 23, 2018

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

University Crossing

220 Pawtucket St., Lowell

8:15 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 Conference

Cost: No charge for members / Nonmembers may register if space permits


  • Richard Smith, Vice President at Large, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Wakefield Police Chief, Chair of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Board of Directors
  • James Forest, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Security Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Senior Fellow with U.S. Joint Special Operations University at MacDill AFB, Florida
  • Ian Elliot, Ph.D., Senior Outcomes Specialists, Research Evaluation Team of Prison and Probation Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice
  • Nicola Benyahia
  • Arie Perliger, Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Security Studies, School of Criminolgy and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts
  • Operation250 , University of Massachusetts Center for Terrorism and Security Studies


*This conference may be linked with the MPY Fall School Safety Summit “Recognizing and Responding to Today’s Terrorism Threats” (10/3/17) for 10 PDPs.

Membership information:
Member rates for MPY events are available to current employees of member organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel.
Former and retired employees, members of committees including but not limited to PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils and school volunteers are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
PDPs are offered for all MPY professional development conferences. PDPs are issued for minimum of 10 hours through attending two linked conferences.  To earn PDPs, you must attend this event and its companion conference in the spring.  
NASW/MaMHCA are granting CEUs for the Fall Mental Health Series.  

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must cancel online at least 48 hours prior to event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee. Conference no shows are also charged a fee.  For assistance call MPY at 781-587-3411.

Accessibility and Accommodations
All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at

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