2018 National DRU Network Summit

Thank you for joining us for the 2018 National DRU Summit will be held on April 4-5, 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.  The Summit session slides have been posted along with the agenda. To access the slides, click on the paperclip icon to the left of the session title. 

  2018 DRU Summit Agenda  

Public Event

Join us Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm for a public talk by Kristina Anderson. The talk is entitled: "Safety is Personal: Lessons Learned as a Survivor of the Virginia Tech Tragedy." Your Summit badge will serve as your ticket. If you have guests that would like to attend, please use this link to request additional tickets. 

Ms. Anderson will share a candid, first-hand account of her personal experience, the journey towards recovery, and her mission to educate others in how to take personal accountability to create active threat response plans, as well how to communicate the importance of violence prevention within our institutions of learning and greater communities


National DRU Network Summit 

Since 2005 the DRU Network has offered a simple yet effective means to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration between campuses to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters. The 2018 National DRU Summit will build upon that historical framework by offering participants new tools, resources, and ideas for making campuses more disaster resilient. The Summit will feature presentations by higher education experts and thought leaders, as well as peer-to-peer discussions, workgroups, and networking sessions to help you advance the concept of resilience on your campus. 

The 2018 National DRU Summit agenda will include:  

  • Opening plenary address by John Vargo, Executive Director of Resilient Organizations on “What is Resilience?”
  • Survivor panel focusing on long-term impacts following catastrophic incidents. Panelists include:
    • Kristina Anderson, VT shooting survivor and Executive Director of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools
    • Jennifer Bornemann, Commander, United States Public Health Service
    • Vanessa Becker, Former Chair Person, Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees and Member, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Committee
  • Overview of Strategic Doing, a collaborative and iterative approach to strategic planning that can be applied to campus resilience efforts.
  • A session on Unity of Purpose - how to build productive multi-disciplinary teams designed to problem solve in today's fast pasted higher education environment, including lessons learned from a number of campuses.    
  • Four interactive small-group activity and discussion sessions over the two days designed to link, leverage, and align resources to enhance safety initiatives you are pursuing.  
  • Presentations on new resources and tools to advance efforts aimed at campus resilience.
  • Findings from the DRU Network survey, and more. 

Why should you or your team attend the DRU Summit?

  • Drawing upon professional expertise from multiple disciplines - and real-world events, the Summit is a unique opportunity to bring new and diverse perspectives to the table to advance safety and resilience initiatives. 
  • The Summit is highly interactive and will model new ways to collaborate.
  • Offers a unique opportunity to not only learn from experts but also to harness the power of the collective knowledge in the room. 
  • Connect with colleagues doing similar work with the goal to link, leverage, and align resources and efforts.   
  • Enrollment is purposefully capped to maximize the opportunities for networking and developing partnerships among peers.     

Who should attend: 

We encourage members to consider bringing members of their safety, risk management, and/or emergency response teams to the Summit to help them form new partnerships, create innovate plans, and identify strategies to promote resilience.  Participants will include: 

  • Administrators responsible for safety, emergency management or campus resilience 
  • Communications and Media Relations 
  • Emergency Management Practitioners
  • Environmental Health & Safety 
  • Facilities Managers 
  • General Counsel
  • Public Safety and Law Enforcement  
  • Research Administrators
  • Risk Managers
  • Student Affairs and Student Life 
  • Anyone who has a role in making our campuses more resilient                                          


Current 2018 DRU Summit partners include: 

  • University of Oregon 
  • Simon Fraser University, British Columbia  
  • University of California, San Francisco  
  • Portland State University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Washington
  • Stanford University 
  • Oregon Community College Association
  • Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities 
  • National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii
  • Interested in being a partner or sponsor? Contact Andre Le Duc – leduc@uoregon.edu 

Lodging Information 

The following hotels are located within walking distance of the Erb Memorial Union on the University of Oregon's campus in Eugene, Oregon. 

The following hotels are located within driving distance or public transit from campus. 

Please note that Eugene does not have car share services such as Lyft and Uber.