The Impact of Gun Violence on Families and Communities

October 25, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Taylor Ave Bldng, Rm 2131, Medical Campus

The Gun Violence Initiative and the University Libraries invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in critical conversations about how gun violence, suicides, and homicides affect our community.

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Keynote speaker: Lois Schaffer, author of “The Unthinkable”

Lois Schaffer has devoted her energies to protecting human rights. She was actively advocating the reduction of gun violence even before her daughter’s murder. Now her energies are even more focused to honor her daughter’s memory and prevent tragedies for other families. Lois’s ongoing mission to reduce gun violence has included speaking about sensible gun legislation to various local and national groups and attending press conferences, gun-control rallies, and the legislative hearings on gun control in Connecticut after the Newtown massacre.


  • Jessica Meyers – Director of Community Engagement, Crime Victim Advocacy Center
  • Charles Mayo – Founder, Hood Helpers
  • Elizabeth Matoushek – Crisis Intervention Manager and Training Coordinator, Provident Counseling
  • Rev. Rodrick Burton – Pastor, New Northside Missionary Baptist Church

Attendees will receive a free copy of The Unthinkable by Lois A. Schaffer.

*Any opinions, statements, or recommendations expressed at this event are those of the speakers and guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University and/or its departments.

Event Sponsors: Gun Violence Initiative at the Institute for Public Health and University Libraries