Cuesta College is hosting a No Place for Hate® event on March 29, featuring a panel discussion on the Impacts and Effects of Bullying and a No Place for Hate® reception.

The panel discussion will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Associated Students Auditorium Room 5401 on the San Luis Obispo campus and broadcast live to Room N2401 on the North County Campus in Paso Robles.

The panel will be moderated by Elie Axelroth. Axelroth has a doctorate in psychology and worked as a psychologist for Cal Poly Counseling Services for 26 years, retiring as the director of Counseling Services last summer. She chaired the Cal Poly Women’s Safety Committee and co-authored Cal Poly’s Sexual Assault Prevention Policy.

The discussion will include Anais Borg-Marks, assistant director of the Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties office of the Anti-Defamation League; Ryan Page, Cuesta College Gay-Straight Alliance president and founding member of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition; Al Nunez Jr., associate director of Multimedia communications at Cal Poly and playwright/director of “Hear Our Voices,” a multi-media performance addressing the topic of bullying; and Jacob Lerner, a student at Cal Poly.

Following the panel, a reception honoring all participating San Luis Obispo county schools and after-school programs will be held in the Associated Students Auditorium Room 5401 from 5-6 p.m. To attend the reception, please RSVP at 564-6670.

Both events are sponsored by Cuesta College, the Associated Students of Cuesta College, the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and the Anti-Defamation League.

No Place for Hate® is a campaign launched by the Anti-Defamation League to “empower schools to create and/or implement programs that will actively promote respect for individual and group differences, while encouraging residents to speak out against hate and intolerance.”

Cuesta College signed a No Place for Hate resolution in 2010. At the previous No Place for Hate® Event, Holocaust survivor Judy Meisel was the featured guest speaker.

Released March 21, 2012