Have You Met Josh?
Josh Gunderson is an educational speaker specializing in Internet Safety and Cyberbullying. Since 2009 he has travelled across North America speaking to parents, students and educators at over 150 schools. Josh has a unique way of delivering an educational message, due in part to his firm belief that learning does not have to be boring. Combining humor and sincerity, he presents real-life examples that illustrate potential repercussions of irresponsible behavior. Josh’s style instantly rings true with audiences, motivating students to make more positive choices.
Josh takes every audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions as he seamlessly illustrates the pros and cons of the online world. In 2010, Josh did not hesitate to tackle the growing issue of bullying and the alarming number of suicides that occurred over the year and continue today. Josh’s “It Gets Better” video and other bullying related media he has created have been viewed by thousands of people all over the world. Josh is a strong supporter of GLAAD’s Spirit Day, GLSEN’s Day of Silence and other programs geared not only towards anti-bullying but for equal and fair treatment of all people regardless of race, gender or sexuality.
In his free time Josh can be found volunteering in the Education Department at the New England Aquarium, giving presentations about ocean and environmental conservation. Since October 2010 Josh has earned two service awards for donating over 500 hours of service and was named Volunteer of the Month in April of 2011.
At Salem State Josh served as director of the nationally recognized Human Action Theatre and took an active role on the Salem State Campus. Josh served as Artistic Director of the Students’ Work Theatre Project, Publicist for the Student Theatre Ensemble and Program Council, an was inducted into the Nu Class of Omega Zeta Epsilon (National Residence Hall Honorary). Josh graduated from Salem State University receiving the John Sorenson Unsung Hero Award and Salem State’s Special Recognition Award. In April 2013 Josh became the first Alumnus to be inducted into Salem State’s Civic Engagement Hall of Fame.