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Forum Aims to Stem Gun Violence Against Kids

Educators, Students, Community Leaders to Tackle Issues

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Policymakers, educators, students and the public will come together at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17 for the 23rd annual Panasuk Symposium, this year examining how to stem gun violence against kids.


Contact: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944 or and Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or


WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4 to 7 p.m. Keynote address starts at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell 

WHAT: “Voices for Action: Confronting Gun Violence Against Kids,” a forum hosted by UMass Lowell’s College of Education, will unite policymakers, educators, students and the public to work toward solutions to this national issue. 

Peter Cunningham, a national education advocate who served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration, will deliver the keynote address. Cunningham founded and directs a nonprofit that builds support for student-focused improvements in K-12 education and school accountability. 

Following Cunningham’s talk, a panel discussion will be held featuring Vikiana Petit-Homme, a Boston Latin Academy student and executive director of March for Our Lives: Boston – a protest movement organized in support for survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February – along with school leaders, other students and law enforcement officials from Boston, Brookline, Lawrence, Lowell, Reading, Woburn, and Providence, R.I. Panelists will include Lowell Police Chief Raymond “Kelly” Richardson, along with Lawrence High School Principal Michael Fiato and Reading Public Schools Superintendent John Doherty, both of whom are UMass Lowell graduates. 

The Panasuk Symposium on Educational Research, Policy and Practice is named for its founder, Regina Panasuk, an award-winning professor emeritus of the College of Education. 

Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.