Safety Above All:  Coming Back Stronger After Turmoil

Sandra Kaiser
The Evergreen State College

Vice President of College Relations

Bill Mikesell
The Evergreen State College
Emergency Response Planning Coordinator


The Evergreen State College, a small liberal arts and sciences college in Washington state, offers students a safe environment with outstanding educational opportunities.  In 2017, the college experienced a series of on-campus disruptions and threats that impacted the mission of the college and its brand. In 2019, Evergreen has strengthened community understanding about civil engagement, improved training for its police officers and ensured that First Amendment protections are extended to all.

Planning and preparing for campus disruptions are important processes, but actual real-life experience and the lessons learned are essential.

This presentation will cover the preparation, planning, training, response, communications, and improvement efforts that are needed to manage these events.

The speakers will present practical information and tools to help others in higher education succeed in times of campus disruption. Strategies to deal with public information, marketing and recovery will be available to attendees.



  • Lessons learned from real-world experience
  • Emergency preparedness tools to assist your campus leadership regarding campus disruptions
  • Strategies to assist with public information, marketing, and the recovery process


Full schedule