San Diego Community Gathers to Combat Gang Presence

The University of San Diego will host The San Diego Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on Tuesday, September 14. This county-wide event is sponsored by the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, San Diego County Office of Education, Mano A Mano Foundation, the Leichtag Family Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and the Bravo Foundation.

The summit brings together city and county policymakers, community and school-based leaders and organizations, law enforcement, and community members to take part in workshops. The goals of the summit are to share information about strategies to prevent the growth of gang activity and violence in San Diego County neighborhoods through collaborative efforts, to promote networking among governmental, private and nonprofit organizations in San Diego County and to facilitate community involvement though strategic guidance and leadership.

A keynote address will start the summit, followed by five breakout groups: Community Prevention, Family Support, School Prevention, Faith Based and Community Collaboration, and Current Trends/Listening Tour. One breakout room will be for participants desiring to engage in conversation about gang prevention and intervention in Spanish. After lunch the summit convenes with facilitated sessions designed to encourage sharing information about assets and resources already working for gang prevention and strategic planning for future collaborative projects.

The summit is open to the pubic and to the press, but online registration at is required. Registration has reached capacity at 350 and is currently closed.

WHO: City and County policymakers, community and school-based leaders and organizations, law enforcement, and community members

WHAT: The Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit
Discussion at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice: Information sharing, networking and strategy building to prevent gang presence in San Diego County

WHERE: University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA

WHEN: September 14, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please register online at

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. In February 2016, USD launched the public phase of Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represents the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university and builds upon the strong philanthropic momentum achieved by USD in recent years. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Melissa Olesen
(619) 260-4659