Skip to main content

Six Months On: Gun Violence in Dayton and the US

Six Month Anniversary

Community Forum

To mark the anniversary of the mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon District, we cohosted an event on gun safety with the Center for Social Concern. The forum, sponsored by the Endowment for Education in Nonviolence, began with guest speakers from El Paso and the University of Minnesota. It ended with a roundtable discussion on gun violence by local civic leaders, introduced by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and moderated by Governor Bob Taft.
Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

February 4, 2020

1401 S. Main St, Dayton, OH. Room 130a-b | 2-6:30 p.m.

Our message

We gathered to commemorate the victims of the August 4 shooting and other recent episodes of gun violence, and discussed proposals to redress this human rights issue.

Schedule of Events

Barbara Frey, Senior lecturer in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota and former U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights violations committed with small arms and light weapons

Christina Garcia, Director of the Crime Victims Program at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas

Jeff Schmitt, University of Dayton associate professor of law

Local groups working to combat gun violence and increase civic engagement will share how the community can be more involved in these efforts.

Nan Whaley, Dayton Mayor
Peggy Lehner, State Senator
Bob Taft, Former Ohio Governor
Richard Biehl, Dayton Police Chief
Fred Cox, Executive Director Racial Justice NOW
Jared Grandy, Dayton’s Human Relations Council

Jane Keiffer, Artemis Center Executive Director
Tom Roberts, Former Ohio Senator & President of the Ohio Conference of Units of the NAACP

Will Smith, Dayton's Human Relations Council and Dayton School Board member 
Nora Vish, Dayton Children's Hospital pediatrician
Sarah Wolf-Knight, YWCA Dayton Advocacy Manager

A performance by the Common Good Players, a candlelight vigil, and a prayer by Mr. Dion Green to memorialize the victims will conclude the event.

Download here. For media inquires, please contact Shawn Robinson or Meagan Pant (937-229-3391) or (937-229-3256).

Single set of open quotes

There’s not one human right that’s at issue with gun violence, it’s actually a range of human rights that are at play.

Shelley Inglis, Executive Director

Photo by Whitney Saleski, 2019. 

Human Rights Center

Keller Hall, Room 455
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2790

Get Involved

The driving force behind the Center is a diverse group of dedicated faculty, staff, and students each bringing their own expertise and knowledge to our work in the human rights arena.

Jobs and Funding