|SOE to Host School Violence Prevention Symposium|
In response to President Jon C. Strauss signing the "College Presidents' Gun Violence Initiative" the Manhattanville College Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership will be holding a School Violence Prevention Symposium. A panel of experts will discuss the security of American schools on a local, state and national level.
Shelley Wepner, Dean of the School of Education, thought that the doctoral students in educational leadership might want to become involved in planning some type of event because they are, for the most part, practicing school administrators. Doctoral Program Coordinator Yiping Wan and Coordinator of Applied Research and Fieldwork Renee Gargano for our Doctoral Program thought that this would be an excellent opportunity for the doctoral students.
"Renee took the lead to work with our doctoral students and representatives of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES to identify speakers and develop a program format for the event," said Wepner.
The Doctoral students were able to organize a panel of six experts: Kenneth Mitchell, Superintendent of South Orangetown; Kenneth Freeston, Superintendent of North Salem, former Superintendent of Newtown and current resident of Newtown; Mike Sellett, Regional Safety Coordinator, PNW BOCES; Brian Farragher, Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Andrus; Joseph M. Russo, Senior Vice President, T&M Protection Resources; Fred Dorsey, Attorney for Town of Newtown. Though focused on the issue of violence in schools, the panel will also discuss mental health concerns and education law. This Symposium highlights the efforts being made in our region.
"This symposium, communicates that Manhattanville College is taking the lead on addressing a very critical issue that confronts all of us," stated Dean Wepner. "Schools are living with a new reality, and the School of Education at Manhattanville College wants to ensure that schools are prepared for and feel as protected as possible for this new reality," added Wepner.