Campus Safety Conference at EDspaces Brings Together Student Safety and Classroom Design

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CHARLOTTESSI sister publication Campus Safety recently announced the lineup of new sessions, content and speakers for the Campus Safety Conference (CSC) at EDspaces, scheduled for 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.

Inside the Campus Safety Conference and EDspaces

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 OfficersYou 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.

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