Seating and lunch will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Mass shootings at U.S. schools have dominated headlines and terrified students, parents, educators and communities. Yet new research shows a steep and steady reduction in serious forms of violence, substance use and bullying behaviors across California’s middle and high school campuses.
How do we reconcile the rise in campus shootings with the reduction in day-to-day violence at school? Which policies and programs have succeeded in preventing victimization and improving school climate — and which have failed?
UCLA Social Welfare Professor Ron Avi Astor, an expert on school safety and co-author of new research published in the World Journal of Pediatrics, will bring context and clarity to these questions at a lunchtime discussion on Thursday, April 27, in Room 2355 of the UCLA Luskin Public Affairs Building. A Q&A will follow the talk.
Astor’s study, which analyzed the California Healthy Kids Survey of more than 6 million students from 2001 to 2019, showed reductions in physical fights and weapons-related behaviors, as well as non-physical types of victimization such as harassment and bullying. Learn more about the findings and hear recommendations for how to create safe and welcoming campuses in California and beyond.