Campus Safety East and West Conferences Highlight Lessons from Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech Shootings

Campus Safety Conference East will take place in Philadelphia, July 13-14, and Campus Safety Conference West will be held in Long Beach, Calif., July 31-Aug. 1.

Campus Safety magazine announces the exciting line-up for its annual Campus Safety East and West Conferences taking place in Philadelphia July 13-14 and Long Beach, Calif., July 31- Aug. 1. These two-day in-depth conferences will engage participants with training to further hone their skills, improve their incident and response programs, and upgrade their K-12 and higher education protection profiles.

The opening keynotes on July 13 and July 31 are titled “Making a Difference in Campus Safety.” They are tributes to the five- and ten-year anniversaries of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Virginia Tech that shook the campus protection community and our nation to its core.

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Campus Safety Conference East and West’s keynotes will take a brief look back at those events from a victim’s and advocate/educator’s perspective to benchmark the progress made over the past decade in school and college safety attitudes, procedures and responses.

Presenters will share perspectives and trends to consider when addressing school and university violence and safety moving forward. The keynotes will be delivered by nationally recognized speakers: Michele Gay, co-founder/executive director of Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative; Lisa Hamp, school shooting survivor and speaker;  and Kristina Anderson, executive director of the Koshka Foundation.

“​Safe and Sound Schools is proud to be a part of another summer of Campus Safety Conferences, ” says Gay. “I’m honored to present with Virginia Tech survivors Kristina Anderson (West conference) and Lisa Hamp (East conference), and connect with campus safety leaders from coast to coast.”

Gay, Hamp and Anderson’s presentations will be immediately followed by a panel of experts discussing the key elements to campus emergency preparedness. The K-12 and higher-ed law enforcement and security and threat assessment experts on this panel will provide expert insight on how campuses can prevent, respond to and mitigate active shooter threats, as well as address current and future threats to our nation’s schools and campuses.

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Additionally, event sponsor, Blackboard Transact Security Management, will be addressing the specific physical security needs of the educational community and how they affect security strategy planning and solutions.

“With campus safety and security being a top priority for institutions, Blackboard Transact is excited to partner with Campus Safety to have a great forum that covers the latest innovations in security technology,” says states Allison Duquette, Blackboard Transact’s vice president of global sales.” This will be an excellent opportunity to see and talk with so many who are on the forefront of campus safety, each and every day on their individual campuses.”

In addition to the main conference, Campus Safety will again host workshops on the second day of each event that will address crisis communications, threat assessments, active shooter response strategies and how to properly complete Clery Annual Security Reports.

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