Free Touro violence prevention symposium planned for Sunday
The Vallejo Times-Herald
by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
Touro University and others have teamed up to present a free, public symposium on the subject of violence in the hope of finding ways to reduce it, organizers said.
On Sunday, Touro University California faculty, students, Vallejo youth and community members offer two panels on violence prevention and building safe schools/communities, they said.
Presented by Lisa Norton, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, and Annette Aalborg, professor and coordinator of the Community Public Health Track, the event will include performance art by Youth Speaks.
“TUC’s College of Education and Health Sciences, the Graduate School of Education’s and Public Health Program are committed to improving safety not only at TUC, but at other local schools and within the Vallejo and surrounding communities,” organizers said. “Given the recent rise in violence on school campuses and high rates of violence in communities, we seek to institute effective policies, programs and practices that will lead to successful interventions to decrease violence in our schools and communities.”
Both panels will bring together local experts who have had successful interventions in decreasing violence in schools and communities. After the panel discussions there will be time to break into small group discussions to start the conversation on how to improve the safety of Vallejo and larger Solano County. There will also be a reception after the panels. A follow-up session is planned in the spring to work on solutions for local schools and communities.
The Public Health Policy Panel includes Devone Boggan, CEO of Advance Peace, Mike McLively, Senior Staff Attorney and Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director, and Robby Poblete Foundation founder Pati Navalta.
The Education Leaders Panel includes, Vallejo Unified School District Superintendent Adam Clark, Victor Romualdi, Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Services, Solano County Office of Education, Sarah J. O’Connor, principal of Napa’s Vintage High School, Napa Valley Unified School District Youth Partnership, and Jesse Bethel High School students.
“Touro is putting it on, and were looking for a panel of local education folks and reached out to me and I agreed to be on the panel for best practices for safe schools,” Clark said. “I know Touro’s principals include helping the community, and I hope to provide some insight into creating healthy and safe schools.”
“I want to hear what questions and concerns the community and individuals going into the teaching profession and administration may have,” he said. “I want to be a part of this process. I’m very interested in this entire process.”
Sunday’s event is set from 1 to 6 p.m. at Lander Hall on Touro’s Mare Island campus, 1310 Club Drive.
This symposium is free and open to the public; however, registration is highly encouraged. Register at:https://advancement.tu.edu/ViolencePreventionSymposium-Registration.
Those interested in helping sponsor this event, visit: https://advancement.tu.edu/ViolencePreventionSymposium.
Both corporate and anonymous donations are allowed.
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