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Virginia Tech survivor to speak in Boise

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Posted at 12:13 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 14:13:25-04

Kristina Anderson, a survivor of the Virginia Tech campus shooting tragedy, is scheduled to speak at Boise State University next week.

Anderson will speak about personal safety from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Idaho Threat Assessment Conference in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom.

Anderson is an international advocate in the fields of bystander intervention, active shooter response and violence prevention within schools, workplaces and public spaces.

In the field of public safety, Anderson is founder of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a nonprofit group that provides training on the prevention of school and workplace violence, education on active shooter preparedness, and consultation on post-crisis recovery. She travels extensively within the United States and Canada speaking on the importance of preparedness and joint training between citizens, educators, law enforcement, emergency managers and first responders.

Anderson started the nonprofit after becoming one of the most critically-injured survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech school tragedy, where she was shot three times.

She also is co-founder of LiveSafe, a mobile technology communication platform for sharing safety-related information that is used by more than 100 college campuses, as well as corporations and hospitals.

Anderson has delivered training to numerous law enforcement and government agencies, as well as schools and workplaces, including school resource officers, university administrators, fire and emergency managers, FEMA, the FBI and private corporations. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in International Studies.

The event is free and open to the public. To guarantee a seat, you are urged to arrive early as space will be limited.

Parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage.