Los Angeles, CA (CBS Sacramento)– Julia Roberts is speaking out against bullying while discussing her involvement with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), as reported by PEOPLE magazine.

Roberts recalls the day she first heard of the network, “My friend Dave Karger called to say ‘Hey, would you mind? George Clooney auctioned off a lunch to raise money for this event and I just said ‘Yes, of course, I would do the same. I hope you make a dollar!’”

She never thought that she would become so passionate on the matter. GLSEN helps ensure safety for all kids, including LGBT students.

“Ignorance is the root of any kind of discrimination and hatred and so the thing that’s great about GLSEN is that it’s about education. The program [to raise awareness and support] goes from kindergarten through high school and I know from my kids that school is where all the power is. I was really blown away. It all comes down to the simplest thing – to treat others the way you want to be treated,” Roberts told PEOPLE.

Roberts and her husband will serve as honorary co-chairs for the group’s RESPECT awards in Los Angeles.

“I’m so glad the awareness has come into my life. I’m so happy it exists for kids today and for my kids as they are growing up. Regardless of if you have any sort of identity issues, what’s so great is that it promotes harmony,” Roberts added.