PACER Joins Undergrads to Host Homeland Security
The newly launched Johns Hopkins Center for the Study
of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response, a
Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, will
this month join a group of JHU undergraduates in hosting
Securing the Future, a homeland security-themed conference
for area high school students.
Now in its third year, this two-day conference brings
distinguished high school juniors from Baltimore City and
County to the Homewood campus, where they hear from
professors, professionals and policy-makers on topics
ranging from international terrorism to emergency
preparedness. Between speakers, student participants break
into small groups to debate and discuss the issues with
Johns Hopkins undergraduates. Ultimately, participants
create their own plans to raise homeland security awareness
in their schools and communities, and implement these plans
through the following school year.
The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday,
March 23 and 24, in the Mattin Center.
Established by Johns Hopkins students Sarah David and
Marc Goldwein, the conference has consistently attracted
high-caliber high school students, and a list of speakers
that includes Sen. Benjamin Cardin; William Goodwin,
Baltimore City fire chief; and Dennis Schrader, former
Maryland director of homeland security.
This year, the Center for the Study of Preparedness
and Catastrophic Event Response, known as PACER, will
integrate the conference as a regular component of its
educational outreach efforts.
Led by the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical
Event Preparedness and Response, PACER is engaged in
multidisciplinary, trans-institutional research to create
knowledge directed toward national preparedness for weapons
of mass destruction and other catastrophic high-consequence
events. In particular, PACER seeks to understand issues and
principles of preparedness, and the science of education,
in order to disseminate knowledge, cultivate future leaders
and develop effective educational and training programs.
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