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Youth Violence Prevention Conference

17th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference

School Violence and School Safety

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

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If you have questions about registering, please call (314) 516-8419.

Program Agenda (PDF)

The Program:
Speakers at this year’s conference will examine factors associated with school violence and school safety. Topics include:

Who Should Attend?


Nadine Connell, The University of Texas at Dallas
School Safety Issues & Gender: Understanding Risk Factors and Responses

John Eason, Texas A&M University
The School to Prison Pipeline & School Violence

Chris Melde, Michigan State University
Challenges Associated with Implementing School-Wide Safety Interventions

Anthony Peguero, Virginia Tech
School Order, Justice, and Education: Climate, Discipline Practices, and Dropping Out

Dana Peterson, University at Albany
LGBTQ+ Students, School Violence, and School Safety


The registration fee is $35 (breakfast and lunch included). To register:


Please park on the top level of the West Drive Garage.  It is number 52 on this map.  Parking elsewhere without an UMSL parking sticker may result in a ticket.

Tentative Agenda:


The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri–St. Louis brings together key St. Louis educational, cultural and governmental institutions to establish programs and share resources that will benefit the St. Louis community. This is done through collaboration of more than 25 endowed professors and more than 100 member and community organizations in the St. Louis region. The Des Lee Collaborative Vision is connecting St. Louis through educational and community partnerships. Financial assistance for this conference has been provided by the Des Lee Collaborative Vision.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

.75 CEUs can be requested for the full day of attendance at the conference.

Cancellation Policy:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund if your cancellation is received by the day prior to the start of the program.

Conference Organizer:

Finn Esbensen, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence; Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

See conference materials of the 2017 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.