Join Us for a Live, Online Summit on School Safety

USC Safe Schools Digital Summit

Join the University of Southern California for an important event to discuss violence in the nation’s schools and to forge new ideas and conversations that advance school safety. The USC National Safe Schools Digital Summit will stream live online on October 24, 2018. The summit begins at 8:30 AM PT/11:30 AM ET, and the first panel starts at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET.

The event is being offered exclusively online and will stream on the event website, The event is free to view, and no advance registration is required.

The Summit will feature three panel discussions:

Panel 1: Students are the Nation’s Greatest Asset

Students from schools affected by violence will share critical insights into their experience, their concerns, and the role they can play in supporting a safer school environment. The panel will be moderated by American actor Denzel Whitaker, and panelists include students who survived mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Panel 2: There is No Profile for School Security

Making a school safer requires a collective effort among security, public safety and public health professionals. The panel will discuss trends in school violence, best practices for creating a more secure campus environment, and the innovative approaches that can enhance school safety. The panel will be moderated by Secure Schools Alliance Executive Director Robert Boyd and panelists hail from the law enforcement and public health professions.

Panel 3: When a School Shooting is the Story

Panelists from the media industry will explain how decisions are made when covering an instance of school violence and how media reporting can oscillate between valid on-scene fact-gathering and sensationalized coverage.

Each panel will be followed with a brief Q&A discussion, drawing questions from the online audience via social media. Using the hashtag #USCSchoolSummit, viewers can join the conversation via the Safe Communities Institute Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Visit the event website——to explore the panelists and panels and to add the event to your calendar. Join us for these essential conversations that can move us toward a new understanding of school safety.

Safe Communities Institute

Safe Communities Institute

The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy continues a more than 60-year tradition of research, interdisciplinary education, and collaboration to advance sustainable “whole-of-community” public safety strategies, policies, and programs. SCI takes a holistic approach to encouraging and informing public safety efforts through collaboration between all public safety disciplines and the communities they serve.