A St. Lawrence graduate has been awarded a grant to study the safety of the schools in Syracuse, New York.

Kim Williams '90, assistant professor of education at SUNY Cortland, has been awarded $570,000 over the next three years to evaluate the effectiveness of the Syracuse City School District's "Safe Schools, Healthy Students" initiative. Her funding is being subcontracted through the Syracuse City School District's three-year, $.47 million grant from the U.S. Departments of Justice and its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Williams told the Cortland Standard newspaper, "Some of the things I am going to be doing, in addition to the typical pre-test and post-test surveys, are security checklist observations -- the hot spots in the school where violence happens and whether there is a safe entry into the building."

Prior to joining the SUNY Cortland faculty in 1999, Williams ran the Syracuse University Violence Prevention Project. She earned a master's degree in higher education administration and a Ph.D. in foundations of education from Syracuse University.

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