Friday, April 20, is an important day for the Enough is Enough movement, which was initiated by NASPA, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, to encourage and support campuses and communities to work together in developing comprehensive, intentional, and systematic violence prevention initiatives.
April 20 holds an important and somber relevance as the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, which took place in 1999. We are hearing that students at high schools in Tacoma, Seattle and elsewhere are planning walkouts as part of the national response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Our Student & Enrollment Services staff have prepared stickers that students, faculty and staff can wear to commemorate and show support for Enough is Enough. The stickers will be available at the Center for Equity & Inclusion (WCG102), the Center for Student Involvement (UWY107), Student Engagement (MAT103) and Student Transition Programs (MAT106).
The Enough is Enough movement began in 1998, led by Dr. Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, vice president of student affairs at Virginia Tech, another site of a school shooting. I’m proud of the work of our UW Tacoma student affairs professionals who are engaged with this nationwide campaign that includes advocacy as well as efforts to build and raise awareness about resources available to students, faculty and staff in the case such a violent situation ever arose on our campus.
This also provides an opportunity to remind the campus community of the policies and safety prevention measures we have in place at UW Tacoma.
Our policies are clear: Firearms are not permitted on campus. UW Tacoma strictly enforces this policy.
- The Center for Equity and Inclusion will be hosting a discussion about gun violence, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Wed., May 2 for students, faculty and staff. Additional details and the location will be advertised soon.
- The SafeCampus training, 10 - 11:30 a.m. on Wed., May 2 in JOY117 is open to all and required for employees. SafeCampus workshops instruct us on how to prevent violence by recognizing potentially problematic behaviors in others and by developing effective strategies to address them. They also inform about the UW's violence prevention reporting procedure and resources.
- Campus Safety hosts the next Active Shooter Awareness Training, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Wed., May 9 in GWP320.
- Campus Safety has a range of online resources available to help us be prepared, and to inform us what to do, in emergency situations.
- The section on Active Shooter situations, in particular the videos on the site, are important resources for everyone in our community.
Safety is of fundamental importance and we all play a role in helping our community stay safe. It is important we all stay informed, so I encourage you to take advantage of these resources.
Enough is enough. I hope for a day when these terrible incidents of school violence are a thing of the past. I remain diligent in supporting our community as it continually strives to maintain a safe, welcoming, tolerant and inclusive campus climate.