Student affairs professionals at the University of California, Santa Barbara were launched into crisis mode Friday night when a gunman killed six UC-Santa Barbara students and injured 13 others.
As authorities sort through the facts, the student affairs professionals at UC-Santa Barbara will support their students and the families of those killed or injured. This is a tragic situation and the NASPA family offers its support, thoughts, and prayers to the Santa Barbara community.
Sadly, we know this is one on a list – a list that has become too long – of campus-based incidents. NASPA leaders created the Enough is Enough Campaign and Enough is Enough Awareness Week in order to assist campuses with violence prevention initiatives. This year’s Enough is Enough Awareness Week was held April 7-14, 2014. We invite you to visit the Enough is Enough resources page to learn about ways to engage your campus in violence prevention.
NASPA also offers resources and training to help our members prepare and cope with such tragedies. One example is a book by Brian Hemphill and Brandi Hephner LaBanc titled, “Enough in Enough: A Student Affairs Perspective on Preparedness and Response to a Campus Shooting.” The book presents first-hand accounts an experienced counsel from professionals who have lived through a violent incident, and continue to deal with its aftermath.
Another resource is “Crisis Management: Responding from the Heart.” This book by Kristin Harper, Brent Patterson and Eugene Zdziarski, illuminates how responding from the heart during crisis has the power to energize the response process and contribute to a positive outcome.
Finally, NASPA supports thoughtful and common sense steps to reduce the threat of gun violence on our college and university campuses. To learn more, please read our Statement Regarding Guns on Campus.
Again, please join with me in sending your condolences and support to the UC-Santa Barbara campus.
Note: This entry is a cross post from the NASPA Blog. Original post found here