Campus Conversations provide a monthly forum to discuss issues of interest to the University community. All meetings are open to faculty, staff, and students.
The upcoming Campus Conversation:
Safety and Security at the University of Minnesota will be held on
Thursday, Feb. 17 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in room 150 Physics and will provide an overview of
public safety on campus and the role we all can play to promote a culture of
safety at the U.
- Greg Hestness, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief, University of Minnesota Police Department
- Robert Janoski, Director, Central Security
- Gary Christenson, M.D., Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service
Hestness and Bob Janoski will describe how the University of Minnesota Police
Department and the Offices of Central Security and Emergency Management work
together to provide the tools, information, and infrastructure to promote
campus safety and to respond to crime, emergencies, and crisis situations. Dr.
Christenson will address the risk for violence in campus settings including
those that may arise from mental health considerations, how to identify and address
concerns regarding students and employees who may represent a risk to self and
others, and review campus resources including mental health services,
consultation services, and threat assessment services.
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More about the presenters:
Hestness has served as the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety at the Universityof Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, since August 2003. He is responsible for the Police, Emergency Management, and Central Security Departments. In April 2004 he assumed the secondary appointment of Chief of Police. Prior to his current role, he served on the Minneapolis Police Department for 28 years, including as Deputy Police Chief from 1994 to 2003. A Minneapolis native, he holds a B.A. from the University and an M.A. from St. Mary's University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute.
Janoski has served as Director of Central Security for the past seven years, following a twenty-year career with the University of Minnesota Police Department. He is responsible for the University's physical and electronic security infrastructure system-wide. He is an alumni of the University, and the father of three U of M students, providing a unique, first-hand understanding of the safety concerns of employees, students, and parents.
Gary Christenson, M.D.
In addition to his role as Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service, Dr. Christenson is an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and previous representative of psychiatry to the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health. He is a member of the University of Minnesota's Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health, Behavioral Consultation Team, Community Response Team, and Employee Threat Assessment Team.