President's Speaker Series
"Gangs, Guns and Growth: Finding Alternatives to Violence"
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Former director, Boston Gun Project
Friday, March 28, 3:30 p.m., World Theater
David Kennedy is director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former director of the Boston Gun Project. The Boston Gun Project's Operation Ceasefire was credited with sharply reducing the youth homicide rate in Boston.
A self-taught criminologist, he has devoted his career to reducing gang- and drug-related violence. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New Yorker, and has been decorated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
News release: One man's fight to stop street violence
Admission is free. Please RSVP.
“Collective Impact: A New Way of Doing Business to Improve Educational Outcomes”
Managing director, Strive Together
Wednesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m., World Theater
Edmondson served as executive director of The Strive Partnership in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He’ll share lessons learned in that partnership in his talk.
Strive Together is a national initiative that brings together leaders from pre-kindergarten through higher education, business, community organizations, government, parents and others who are committed to helping children succeed from cradle to career.
Those lessons are currently being applied across the country. The program identifies specific goals, comes up with a common way to measure those goals, and does so by using a rigorous set of data that can be shared with everyone. Each community sets its own priorities for improving education for students "from cradle to career."
A Cradle to Career Partnership has recently been established in Monterey County.
News release: Striving to reach a bold goal
Admission is free. Please RSVP.
"Leveraging Universities in Regional Economic Development"
Mary Jo Waits
Director, Economic, Human Services & Workforce Division of the National Governors Association
Mary Jo Waits was one of the most thought-provoking speakers at the recent Fort Ord Reuse Authority Colloquium, held Dec. 12-13, 2013, at CSU Monterey Bay. She returned to CSUMB March 4 to expand on her ideas on how to leverage university research to enhance economic development.
One of the clearest messages that emerged from the colloquium was the need to move beyond jurisdictional battles and take a comprehensive look at what makes economic and environmental sense for the area. During her March 4 visit, Ms. Waits continued the productive discussion begun at the FORA Colloquium.
About the series
CSU Monterey Bay plays an important role in regional, cultural and economic development. This year, the President’s Speaker Series will advance that effort. Built around the theme of “Flourish Monterey County,” the series will bring speakers to campus to address issues of concern to the community we serve.
The President's Speaker Series is in keeping with Cal State Monterey Bay‘s role as a community resource, providing forums for thoughtful and provocative discussions that can impact thought and action on issues important to our community and our nation.
Admission is free.