Student Safety Meets Classroom Design at Campus Safety Conference at EDspaces

This co-located event offers both the content CSC attendees have come to expect and love as well as free access to EDspaces’ sessions and exhibit hall.

Student Safety Meets Classroom Design at Campus Safety Conference at EDspaces

We are excited to announce our lineup of new sessions, content, and speakers for the Campus Safety Conference (CSC) at EDspaces, happening Nov. 7-9 at the Charlotte Convention Center!

Now in its second year, this co-located event offers both the content Campus Safety Conference attendees have come to expect and love as well as free access to EDspaces sessions, providing new insights into architects and distributors in the education design market. Some sessions also dive into ways to improve physical safety and student wellness through classroom design, making this partnership a natural progression for the two events as mental health and campus physical safety go hand-in-hand with classroom design to create spaces where students and teachers thrive.

CSC attendees also have the chance to walk the EDspaces show floor which will feature manufacturers and distributors that demonstrate how the physical learning environment can meet the pedagogical needs and technology demands to support an educational institution’s mission of student success and well-being. CSC’s own dedicated pavilion will also feature dozens of safety and security solutions providers so attendees can see product demonstrations and learn about available and emerging technologies.

Overall, the co-location of these two events opens the door to more resources for school and college administrators, campus security executives, law enforcement, and emergency management professionals to strategically and effectively do their jobs.

Here’s a brief look at some of the sessions offered by both Campus Safety Conferences and EDspaces.

Campus Safety Conference Sessions

  • K-12 Crisis Planning and Response: In this workshop, John Clark, Director of Safety and Security at Loudon County (Va.) Public Schools will provide an overview of leading practices in K-12 crisis planning and response and walk participants through a K-12 safety and security incident through an interactive tabletop exercise.
  • Active Shooter Awareness and Preparedness: In this opening keynote, John Iannarelli, a retired FBI Special Agent, shares behind-the-scenes stories of many of the most recent mass shootings, including how they happened, how they were planned, how law enforcement responded, and important clues that could potentially prevent such future tragedies.
  • Promoting a Positive Safety Culture Within Educational Sessions: In this breakout session, Robin Shusko, Director of Public Safety at Frederick Community College, will share how college campuses can create appropriate emergency preparedness programs to assist faculty, staff, and students in becoming acquainted with the resources and improving their preparedness during an emergency.
  • Building a Partnership with the FBI Campus Security Program: In this breakout session, Iowa State University’s Associate Vice President of Public Safety Michael Newton and Assistant Chief Carrie Jacobs, along with FBI Special Agent Byron Militello, discuss the FBI’s Campus Security Program established to coordinate the FBI’s counterterrorism activity on campuses through relationships with campus police and security chiefs. The group will share how the Iowa State University Police Department has worked extensively with their local cLA on a variety of threat cases.
  • Understanding Threat Assessments: In this breakout session, Greg Allen, Program Director at Bellevue University, Kevin Griger, Captain of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, and Micki Noah, a private practice therapist, will help attendees identify the need for threat assessments in communities as well as understand key stakeholders’s roles in a community threat assessment team.
  • Clery Compliance Officers: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Ronette Gerber, Director of the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and Erica Cooper, Director of Clery Compliance for the NC State University Police Department, will highlight and explore some of the challenges and opportunities that law enforcement personnel face as they navigate their report writing and regulatory requirements under the Clery Act. The dup will provide focused training to improve effectiveness in gathering information and writing the incident report narratives that facilitate classifying reports for Clery statistical disclosure.

For a complete look at the CSC at EDspaces agenda, visit

EDspaces Sessions

  • Reimagined Design Processes for Student Safety & Belonging: Architects Karina Ruiz and Molly Esteve, along with Howard University’s Joi Wood, will explore reimagined, equity-driven design processes that promote safety and belonging through student-centered, community-specific solutions. As they examine anti-oppressive strategies, they will highlight the capacity communities of care have to support individuals’ needs across physical safety, social-emotional well-being, and school culture.
  • Education Spaces to Support Mental Health: Greg Nelson, Education Researcher for School Outfitters, will discuss mental health research, share discussions with educators, and provide design ideas for spaces that support psychological well-being. Nelson will also cover how the physical environment can facilitate different mental health approaches that often work in conjunction to bolster psychological wellness.
  • Peer-To-Peer Education Roundtable: Facility Operations: Members of the EDmarket Education Council will lead table discussions on the important “how to” issues impacting schools, including what technologies, design features, and lighting are working in safety and security; methods for scaling modernization projects across the district; how to communicate with the public about construction projects; and helping parents/community members understand why schools need to change.
  • Beyond the Classroom — Design Strategies for the Whole Student: Architects Lisa Sawin and Mark Lee, along with Portland Public Schools social worker Caron Morse, will explore how designers can respond strategically to Social Emotional Learning and answer the questions: How do you renovate an established “cells and bells” school that nurtures the whole student?; How do parents and teachers play a role?; and What does social and emotional learning look and feel like to a child?
  • The Reality of Sustainability – Case Studies from the Field: Carrie Estoc, Senior Interior Designer with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, and Joey Shea, Manager of Mission Activation and Key Accounts at Interface, will examine real examples of schools that have had success with various sustainability priorities beyond the operational efficiency of building systems. They will help attendees: understand how embodied carbon accelerates climate change, which has serious impact on community health outcomes; identify leadership opportunities in material selection to improve waste diversion and indoor environmental quality goals; and evaluate strategies for sustainability leadership beyond operational efficiency to include low carbon procurement and circular materials.
  • Promoting Wellness Through Smart Campus Design: Lauren Gauthier, Director of Architecture at AIA, will discuss how to foster student, community, and campus well-being through intentional space planning and design. Featuring a case study on an SGA-designed holistic center at Smith College, key highlights will include emerging trends like inclusive restroom design, and how pivotal elements – like maximizing access to sunlight, creating flexible outdoor spaces, and forming connection at multiple scales – can create facilities that are relaxing, welcoming and safe.

For the full EDspaces agenda, visit

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Amy is Campus Safety’s Executive Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy has many close relatives and friends who are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

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