The Center for Safe and Healthy Schools will be housed within the School of Education and will bring together researchers from across disciplines at the Baltimore-based institution to tackle student well-being with a holistic approach — reaching far beyond high-profile but low-probability mass school shootings. Through research and education, the center aims to incorporate a range of issues — youth suicide, trauma and bullying — into a broader conversation about how to foster safe and healthy school climates.
The new center will include faculty from public health, engineering and medicine. Through collaboration, university officials will explore issues including students’ physical and mental health, their relationships with school staff and neighborhood safety.
Beyond research, the new center will recommend best practices to school leaders.