Seattle University Partners with Police, Schools, Community for School Safety Conference


Seattle University will welcome hundreds of local high school students to campus this month, along with top SU and city leaders for a school safety conference. While the conference has been in the works for months, the importance of maintaining a safe and secure school environment for communities nationwide has received added emphasis, given the recent tragedy in Connecticut.  

In this first annual Impact! Safe Schools event, SU President Steven Sundborg, S.J. and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz will kick off the day by addressing the importance of students becoming leaders in their schools and assuming shared ownership of problem solving issues. Also expected to be in attendance are: Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda, Seattle police officers, a representative from Mayor McGinn’s office and SU coaches and student leaders.  

SU Psychology Professor Samuel Song says when students act as leaders engaging in school activities to promote crime prevention and anti-bullying, the results effectively create and improve a safe environment. Through his extensive academic expertise in the field of youth violence, Song specializes in prevention of children exposed to violence.  

The student leadership conference is a first step towards enhancing student leadership skills while raising consciousness about safety. The students, community leaders and law enforcement officials will discuss strategies and collaborate to design school action plans.  

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 
             8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.*

             *Suggested key times for media (media welcome anytime during the event):

                                8:30 – 9 a.m. (SU president, SPD chief, SPS superintendent, Deputy Mayor remarks)

                                9:10-9:30 a.m. (Nick Metz, SPD Asst. Chief)

                                9:30-10:30 a.m. (Dr. Sam Song, SU professor and conference creator)

                                10:40 – 11:05 a.m. (Cameron Dollar, SU Head Men’s Basketball Coach)

                                12:10-12:20 p.m. (Adia Barnes, UW Coach/Broadcaster)

                                2:20-2:45 p.m. (Tony “B” Benton, longtime Seattle radio DJ)

WHERE: Campion Ballroom, Seattle University 
               914 E. Jefferson St. (media entry: main entrance on James St. near “Murphy Garage” parking sign)