Gun Violence Awareness Day

May 31, 2019

Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 7!

Institute for Public Health staff wear orange for Gun Violence Awareness Day 2018

National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 7, 2019.

The Institute for Public Health’s Gun Violence Initiative is rallying Washington University to wear orange that day in solidarity against gun violence.

Since the shooting of an innocent 15 year old girl in Chicago back in 2013, the color orange has become a symbol for those fighting for a future without gun violence. Read more.

Other Gun Violence Awareness weekend events and activities include:

Using a Public Health Lens to Respond to Gun Violence and Trauma
Friday, June 7th
4 p.m.
Taylor Avenue Building / Doll & Hill / Medical School Campus

Wear orange and join our partners, the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission, in their canvassing efforts on Saturday, June 8th.

Read more about St. Louis-area events.

The Gun Violence Initiative (GVI) at the Institute for Public Health was launched in spring 2015 to tackle one of our greatest public health challenges: death and injury as a result of gun violence. The GVI works with national experts, partners at Washington University and community partners throughout St. Louis to:

  • Better understand and raise awareness of the issues;
  • Identify gaps in available data and research, and explore ways that Washington University can help address those gaps;
  • Empower policymakers and the public with better information to guide their decision-making; and,
  • Find actionable measures that can lead to the reduction in gun violence.

Read more about Gun Violence Initiative partnerships and projects.

For more information about the Gun Violence Initiative, please visit