FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2018
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NEW YORK —The Tyler Clementi Foundation named Jane Clementi as its first chief executive officer, effective November 5, at its annual gala, the Upstander Legacy Celebration, on Monday, October 22, in New York City, which recognized former Second Lady Tipper Gore and Estee Lauder Companies for their work against bullying.
“I will always be Tyler’s mom, but now I have the chance to do more to keep his memory alive while making a positive impact in the world around me,” said Jane Clementi, co-founder of the foundation, of her new role. “I look forward to this opportunity to embrace my passion and spend my full time and energy doing what makes me feel alive and energized.”
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was founded by Joseph and Jane Clementi to honor their son, a teen who died by suicide after he was the victim of a vicious incident of cyberbullying at Rutgers University in 2010. The foundation works to end bullying – online and offline — in schools, workplaces, and faith communities through the use of bullying prevention and education programs such as the Upstander Pledge and #Day1 toolkits.
The announcement of Clementi’s addition to the full-time professional staff comes as the foundation launches Vision 2020, an initiative to build the Million Upstander Movement, mobilizing one million new Upstanders over the next two years. The initiative will be supported by a corresponding fundraising effort, “$1 Million for a Million.”
The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. Founded in 2011 by the Clementi family in memory of Tyler – a son, brother, and friend – the foundation’s bullying prevention and education programs include the Upstander Pledge, #Day1, Upstander Speaker Series, Tyler’s Suite, Workplace Training, and True Faith Doesn’t Bully. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act would require colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.