Mount hosts community seminar on reducing violence
May 12, 2017
Left to right: Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room doctor
from Brooklyn, N.Y. and founder/executive director of the Kings
Against Violence Initiative; Mount education professor Frances
Spielhagen, co-director of the Center for Adolescent Research and
Development and director of the college’s Teach the Change
initiative; and Torrance Harvey MSEd '03, founder and president of
100 Men of Newburgh.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Center for Adolescent Research and
Development (CARD) and the 100 Men of Newburgh organization
presented a community seminar on anti-violence on Saturday, May
Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room doctor from Brooklyn, N.Y.
and founder/executive director of the Kings Against Violence
Initiative (KAVI), delivered the keynote address. He said that
violence affects not only the immediate victims, but the entire
community as well.
Gore views violence as a public health issue. He said that if
any other public health issue had the same devastating effects as
violence, there would be a much stronger push to fix the problem.
Changing this paradigm could go a long way in reducing violence, he
According to Gore, the best way to fix the cycle of violence is
to offer long-term solutions. Intervention programs like KAVI and
100 Men of Newburgh’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative are essential,
he said, because they provide support and resources to young
Torrance Harvey MSEd ‘03, founder and president of 100 Men of
Newburgh, added, “Any effort that we can make for the City of
Newburgh to come together as a community and support our young
people to change their trajectory from a negative to a positive
direction is worth more than its weight in gold.”
CARD is co-directed by Mount professors Frances Spielhagen,
education, and Paul Schwartz, psychology. The center fosters
research initiatives endemic to contemporary adolescents and young
100 Men of Newburgh’s mission is to revitalize the City of
Newburgh by creating opportunities for local young people, through
mentorship programs like My Brother’s Keeper.