For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

September 18, 2018

Touro University California Violence Prevention Symposium:
Building Safe Schools and Communities (Vallejo, CA)

On Sunday, October 14, join Touro University California (TUC) faculty, students, Vallejo youth and community members for two panels on violence prevention and building safe schools/communities. 


Dr. Lisa Norton, Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences
Dr. Annette Aalborg, Professor and Coordinator of the Community Public Health Track 

Performance Art by Youth Speaks 

Public Health Policy Panel:
Devone Boggan, CEO, Advance Peace
Mike McLively, Senior Staff Attorney & Urban Gun Violence Initiative Director
Pati Navalta, Founder, Robby Poblete Foundation

Education Leaders Panel:
Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Vallejo Unified School District
Victor Romualdi, Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Services, Solano County Office of Education
Dr. Sarah J. O’Connor, Ed.D. , Principal Vintage High School, Napa Valley Unified School District
Youth Partnership, Jesse Bethel High School Students

(Panel speaker bios available upon request) 

WHAT: Sponsored by La Clinica, the Eric Reyes Foundation, the Robby Poblete Foundation and Fighting Back’s Youth Partnership the Violence Prevention Symposium program includes a panel on Gun Violence Prevention: Policy and Community Programs and another on Healthy and Safe Schools: Programs and Practices. 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. 


  • Interviews with leading experts in gun violence prevention and healthy and safe schools
  • Stimulating panels on how to reduce violence and improve safety in local communities
  • Community and student interaction/attendance 

WHERE: TUC Campus, Lander Hall, 1310 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592 

WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Draft Agenda:

1:00 p.m. – Presentation by Youth Speaks

1:20-1:30 - Introduction/Overview
1:30-2:30 - Community Policy efforts to Promote Public Safety
2:30-2:45 - Break
2:45-3:45 - Education Panel: Best Practices for Safe Schools

3:50-4:30 - Small Group Sharing Activity - Developing Recommendations for Next Steps

3:45-4:15 - Return to Auditorium for Report Back and CLOSING
4:20-6:00 – Reception in the Farragut Inn 

WHY: 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. 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. 

REGISTRATION: This symposium is free and open to the public; however, registration is highly encouraged. You may register at: by October 10th. 

SPONSORSHIP: If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, please visit: Both corporate and anonymous donations are allowed.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: