Over the past several months, I have been working with some colleagues in higher education and K12 independent schools on the development of a new resource for safety and risk in education. Together, we have created the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law (CSAPAL).
A high-level overview of what CSAPAL does is:
The Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law, CSAPAL (pronounced C-S-A-“Pal”). CSAPAL fills the tremendous need for affordable training and resources to support educational institutions and their student affairs professionals on risk management, law, policy, student and campus safety, violence prevention and wellness issues.
We are a group of practitioners who are passionate about helping higher education and K12 educators and leaders by providing education, training, seminars, conferences, expert advice, and certifications in student affairs, safety, risk, conduct, and legal compliance, including Title IX.
Our programming and website is still under development but we have a lot of resources and capacity to help. Check out our blog – https://www.csapal.org/blog/ – and let me know what you think.
From your perspective, what are the biggest risk/safety issues you are seeing in education?
Are you interested in getting involved? Contact me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mcolpitts/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/mcolpitts).
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Dr. Matthew W. Colpitts is currently the Head of School and President of Ventures Academy, a unique high school for students who want to create startup businesses while in school! He is also currently on the Board of Directors for Studio East, a non-profit for youth theatre and performing arts education.
Previously, he served at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School as the Director of Residence Life & Campus Safety where he lead the educational, operational, and student support aspects of the boarding program and security for the whole school. Matt has been an educator, administrator, and leader in higher education and K12 independent schools for over 10 years serving in the areas of residence life, university housing, student conduct, campus safety and security, emergency management, enrollment management, and student affairs. Matt has also served in educator-leader roles at diverse educational institutions including Clark University, Landmark College, Southern Oregon University, Utah State University, and Interlochen Center of the Arts. He also does independent risk and safety management consulting.
A first-generation college student from rural Maine, Matt is a proud graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He holds an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University where he researched emergency management in educational institutions. Outside of school, Matt enjoys reading, traveling, and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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