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Emotion Revolution: Yale promotes nation-wide anti bullying campaign


The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in partnership with Lady Gaga and her mother’s Born This Way Foundation have launched their campaign to build awareness of the critical role emotions play in young people’s learning, decision-making, and overall wellness.

The initiative is centered around an online survey of high-school-age youth nation-wide, exploring how young people feel, how they want to feel, and how to bridge the gap between the two. This data will strengthen the scientific understanding of how to most effectively build positive school climates and empower young people with the emotional tools they need to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. The survey, found at will run until June 15.

Results from the survey will be presented at the Emotion Revolution Summit in October. Hosted at Yale University, the Summit will feature youth participants from around the country as well as special guests, including Yale President Peter Salovey, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Director Marc Brackett, and Born This Way Foundation Co-Founders Cynthia Germanotta and Lady Gaga.

The summit will serve as a platform to unveil the findings of the study as well as offer youth the opportunity to share their ideas for creating improved learning environments with key educators, academics, and policy makers. A major goal of the summit is to create momentum around the national social and emotional learning (SEL) movement and to provide youth and educators with the resources they need to accelerate positive changes in their schools and communities.

Lady Gaga Speaks About The Emotion Revolution from Born This Way on Vimeo.

The Spokesman-Review is teaming with KHQ-TV to give the Emotion Revolution initiative an Inland Northwest presence. In the planning stages is Oct. 24 Spokane live-stream event coverage of the Emotion Revolution Summit to be held that day at Yale University. Yale University President Peter Salovey, and both Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta are slated to attend; so will hundreds of young people from across the United States. Study findings will be shared, and educators, academics and policy makers will be on hand to connect with attendees. In addition to the Spokane live-stream of the Yale event, plans are coming together to provide same-day local programming around better emotional health.

The Spokesman-Review has reached out to businesses and nonprofits across the Inland Northwest, including INBA and Odyssey Youth Center to help promote this campaign and encourage high-school students to participate in the survey.

“Emotions drive learning, decision making, relationships, and health. Research has shown us repeatedly that the skills of emotional intelligence profoundly impact a person’s ability to thrive – academically, personally, and professionally,” said Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. “The Emotion Revolution survey will allow us to take the emotional temperature of young people around the country, improving our understanding of how to best equip them with the tools they need to succeed in every facet of life.”

Marc Brackett is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Young Child Expo & Conference, which will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Spokane’s Davenport Grand Hotel. The expo is presented by the Gonzaga University School of Education and Los Niños Services.

For more information from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, visit

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