FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Donna L. Brock
ATLANTA (JAN. 13, 2016) — Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson and The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) Chairman Thomas W. Dortch Jr., also a CAU trustee, will co‐host a Community Conversation on Campus Safety Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6pm in CAU’s Henderson Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. While the primary focus of the conversation will center upon issues specific to the Atlanta University Center (AUC), representatives from nearby Atlanta universities, including Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Emory universities also will participate in the free public event.
During the forum, experts will frame the issue, local campus police chiefs will share front‐line perspectives on solutions for safe campuses, and local leaders will discuss the issue from a broader, community perspective. Time also will be allotted for audience questions.
“Our goal in staging this conversation is two‐fold,” Johnson says. “First, we understand that the issue of campus safety is national in scope and cannot be resolved in a vacuum. It requires community collaboration. Second,” he noted, “Atlanta’s colleges, universities are a key constituent group, an important voting block and a major economic driver in the region. Our ability to safeguard their interests is tantamount to safeguarding our area’s economic viability and progress.”
Dortch and FDHA CEO Lisa Smith Flagg concur, while offering another perspective on the issue. “Violence is a critical community health issue across the nation, increasing at epidemic proportions. As a primary healthcare advocate, educator and a guardian of the community’s health, as well as the owner of Grady Health System, the FDHA is compelled to address this issue. Efforts to assure a healthier metro‐Atlanta community are incomplete without this discussion,” Flagg noted. She and her team addressed the issue of violence during their fourth annual community health summit in October 2015 and will continue to address the issue in forums and community meetings throughout 2016.
Dortch added that he is especially enthusiastic about hosting a meeting for this segment of the region’s demographic. “I believe that by connecting emerging leaders with those presently on the front lines, we engender an important conversation that ultimately results in workable, progressive, out‐of‐the box solutions that benefit everyone in the community.”
The conversation, to be moderated by Penny Brown Reynolds, J.D., and Radio Personality Ryan Cameron, has attracted leaders from across the City. Confirmed panelists include: Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell; Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner; and Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard. Also participating are Derrick A. Pope, J.D., chief of staff to Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves; and Dawn Fowler, Ph.D., CDC Division of Violence Prevention; AUC student leaders also will share their perspectives and ideas on campus safety.
For more information, call 404-‐880-‐8337 or 347-‐882-‐0995.
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Keywords: Campus Safety, Clark Atlanta University, Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority, Ryan Cameron