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ERIC Number: EJ791606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Nurturing Institutional Cultures of Caring
Spano, David B.
About Campus, v12 n6 p17-23 Jan-Feb 2008
The aftershocks of the Virginia Tech incident have included numerous committee meetings, task forces, congressional hearings, and ad hoc debates focused on what went wrong and what educators can do to make their suddenly scary campuses safer. The issue of safety on their campuses has been thrust front and center. The author found it remarkable and daunting to see familiar colleagues interviewed on the evening news and testifying before congressional committees. Various parties called for changes to federal statutes to allow easier communication, admonished higher education institutions to improve their technology, and pleaded for help for the underfunded mental health system. How they do business in university counseling centers, in student affairs divisions, in classrooms, and across their campuses was suddenly an urgent, life-or-death national issue. It is a tribute to the educational system, however, that immediately after this incident, the author heard a number of his educator colleagues asking other questions: How can they use this profound teachable moment to help their students learn more about themselves, their communities, and their world? How can they and their students continue to function and thrive--and feel secure, happy, confident, and productive--in this sometimes frightening world? In this article, the author outlines what campuses can do to create and strengthen the campus features that protect against violence. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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