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Safety Conference

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Welcome to the inaugural Safety Conference at UC Merced where we look forward to hosting an annual safety conference to bring together our community and partners in a joint effort to improve campus safety and foster a culture of preparedness.

The goal of the Safety Conference is to improve our partners knowledge, competency level, and collaborative skills to improve campus safety. The Safety Conference accomplishes this by attracting subject matter experts in their field to address current topics and practical solutions.

As an institution of higher education we look forward to the education and training aspect of this conference by providing our attendees the opportunity to obtain or learn new skillsets, learn best practices from leading subject matter experts, hear lessons learned from real-world disasters, and improve collaboration through information sharing with other university, college, and K-12 administrators, and public safety professionals.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jill McCluskey
Lauren McCluskey Foundation

Breakout Speakers:

  • Federal Beureu of Investigations
  • Dr. Aaron Cotkin, U.S. Secret Service
    National Threat Assessment Center
  • Amina Asseffa, Systemwide Director for Emergency Management & Business Continuity
    University of California Office of the President 
  • Arlene Macias, Domestic Security Strategist, US Secret Service
  • Jenny Novak, Systemwide Director for Emergency Management & Business Continuity
    California State University Chancellor's Office
  • Kari Gomes, Sergeant
    UC Merced Police Department
  • Kourtney Brown, Detective
    UC Merced Police Department
  • Matthew Whitworth, Sergeant, California Highway Patrol
  • Christopher Godley, Director of Emergency Management
    Stanford University
  • Margo Bennett, Retired Chief of Police
    UC Berkeley Police Department



  • FBI: Behavior Threat Assessment
  • Black Swans, Grey Rhinos, and Dragon Kings,: The Next Challenges for Emergency Management
  • Breaking New Ground: Innovation, Emergency Management, and Artificial Intelligence 
  • CHP: California Amber Alert
  • Critical Event Planning
  • From Northruidge to Now: Legacy of Earthquake at the CSU
  • Human Trafficking Threats in Higher Education
  • Jeanne Clery Act: Department of Education
  • Protest Management: Lessons Learned UC Berkeley
  • US. Secret Service: Trends in Active Shooter


Event Information

Location: UC Merced Conference Center
Date: September 27, 2023
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Click on the button below to download the agenda of the event. 



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El Capitan Hotel

609 W Maint St. Merced, CA, 95340
(209) 393-1234

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Holiday Inn Express Suites

151 S Parsons Ave, Merced, CA,95341
(209) 384-3700



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Advanced Air

20 Macready Drive, Merced, CA 95341

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Fresno Yosemite International Airport

5175 E Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

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324 W 24th Street, Merced, CA 95340

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Deleon Yellow Cab

526 St Teresa Ct, Merced, CA 95341


Directions and Parking

Parking will be located at the Bellevue Lot