Governor Whitman talked to a student while John C. Eckarius, vice president,
Government and Public Affairs, UMDNJ (left), and a Whitman staff member (right)
Paulette Hines, PhD,
director of the Office of Prevention Services, UMDNJ-University Behavioral
HealthCare, was a keynote speaker.
Moderating the round
table discussion was Michael B. Greene, PhD, director of the Violence
Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ.
In September, Governor Christine Whitman visited UMDNJ-Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick to participate in a round-table
discussion on violence in schools. The conference was sponsored by
UMDNJ's Violence Institute of New Jersey. In addition to the Governor,
other participants included educators and specialists in adolescent
medicine from the University. The initiative coordinates violence
prevention programs from state agencies and the attorney general's
"The best way to curb youth violence is through prevention,"
said Whitman, who presented a seven-point program for reducing conflict
in schools. Elements of the program include using local police in
schools, providing guidelines to help teachers and school officials
recognize students at risk for violent behavior, and limiting children's
access to guns.