Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor First Speaker in 2020 L.E.A.R.N. Series

by Public Relations | Feb 12, 2020

By Zakiya Moses, sophomore communication major from Washington, D.C.

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College’s L.E.A.R.N. (Listen, Evaluate, Analyze, Reflect, Navigate) Speaker Series will host Kristina Anderson on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fred M. Rogers Center located on Saint Vincent College’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kristina AndersonAnderson is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in international studies. She is an advocate in the fields of bystander intervention, active shooter response and violence prevention within schools, workplaces and public spaces.

In 2007, she was one of the most critically injured survivors in the tragic Virginia Tech shooting, suffering three gunshots. Anderson recovered and decided to use the tragedy to raise awareness, as she founded the non-profit organization Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools. This organization offers education on active shooter preparedness, training on the prevention of school and workplace violence and consultation on post-crisis recovery. Anderson spends her time traveling between the United States and Canada to promote the importance of preparedness and joint training between citizens, law enforcement, educators, emergency managers and first responders.

Not only is Anderson the founder of a non-profit organization, she is also the co-founder of LiveSafe, a communication platform used by more than 100 college campuses, corporations and hospitals. Its primary function is to share safety-related information for the users to ensure utmost safety.

Students of Saint Vincent College who attend this lecture will have a chance to win a top housing lottery ticket, commuter parking space or priority graduation seating.

Saint Vincent College’s LEARN Series was started in 2013 and features speakers on contemporary issues or personal growth. It works to prepare students for the world today.

For further information on the series or Anderson's presentation, contact the Saint Vincent Office of Campus Life at 724-805-2094.

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Photo: Kristina Anderson

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