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From Campus Safety To A New Ten-Year Plan: A Conversation With Rice Pres. David Leebron

Houston Matters asks the Rice president about efforts to ensure campus safety and the university’s new strategic plan for the coming decade. Plus Dr. Leebron answers questions from listeners.

Rice University President David Leebron
Rice University President David Leebron.

It’s an interesting time to lead college campuses, with issues affecting campus life from DACA, to sexual harassment, to security.

Yesterday, Houston Matters talked through some of those issues with UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator. Today, we welcome your questions for Rice University President David Leebron.

This morning, there was a shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University. Two people were killed. There was also a drive-by shooting blocks from the UH campus last night. In light of incidents like these — and of course the recent mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school — we discuss what steps Rice University is taking to ensure security for its students, faculty, and staff.

Plus, there are nationwide school walkouts being organized in the coming weeks to protest gun violence. We find out if there will be any repercussions for Rice students who choose to participate.

We also learn about a website Rice has launched to gather resources for undocumented students and DACA recipients. We discuss what steps Rice is taking to mitigate sexual misconduct on campus. And we learn about the university’s new strategic plan for the next decade.

And, of course, Dr. Leebron answers listener questions about his institution.