Shaping a Less Violent Future
On September 13, 2006, Dawson College became the third institution of higher education in the city of Montreal to experience a school shooting.
The experience of Dawson places our school among the many others that have experienced extreme violence, and forms the motivation for hosting an event that calls on educators to examine the potential of education to create a less violent future.
The conference will examine the elements, internal or external to school systems, that may contribute to violent behavior and will explore the potential of educators, particularly in post-secondary education, within and beyond the classroom to reduce violence in schools and the larger community.
The issue of school violence has received growing attention in recent years, but the focus has thus far has been on promoting nonviolence in elementary and secondary schools. The Dawson College/ACCC Conference seeks to expand on this by examining how violence prevention can be integrated into institutions of higher education.
Young adults who populate our colleges and universities begin to question and develop many of the fundamental beliefs that shape their world views. Some of these views relate directly to the prevalence and role of violence in our world and the potential of an engaged citizenry to promote positive change.
The conference will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Dawson shooting and will open on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with a reception, poster session and a reflective evening of art and music.
The Friday sessions will focus on understanding youth violence, addressing such themes as the nature of violence in schools today and the psychological and social roots of violence. Saturday’s program will address the practical issue of how violence prevention can be integrated into post-secondary education, incorporating both institutional and classroom-based initiatives.
Thursday evening’s event will be held at Dawson College. The Friday and Saturday program will take place at the Hotel Le Centre Sheraton in downtown Montreal.