New York City – April 2018: STOMP Out Bullying hosted Culture Shock, a livestream event with celebrities Nick Cannon, Logan Browning, J.J. Totah, and Sarah McBride. Culture Shock served as the launch event for National Culture Week, a new annual campaign to authentically engage young people, encourage them to take a hard look at society today and commit to ending hatred, discrimination and bullying.

Research shows that hate and discrimination can have long-lasting effects for victims and can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that an estimated 28 percent of U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. And over the last several years, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports hate crimes and hate groups including anti-muslim groups have been on the rise.


The Culture Shock event involved celebrities and activists who lended their voices and notoriety to challenge middle and high school students to end hate, discrimination and bullying. The event’s panel discussion will be moderated by actor, rapper, producer, Nick Cannon, a board member of STOMP Out Bullying.


Middle and high school students from across the country and around the world were in attendance both in-person and watching on livestream. Students were challenged to embrace diversity that’s all around them and eliminate the stereotypes that lead to hate and discrimination and that are often the seeds to bullying behaviors.


National Culture Week also debuted STOMP Out Bullying’s new PSA #SeeMe which features Olympic Gold Medalist and recent Dancing With the Stars winner, Laurie Hernandez.