Trees Give and Inspire New Life

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, VTV initiated the first planting of the Grove at Chinquapin Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Designed by Landscape Architecture students studying at Virginia Tech’s Old Town Campus, forty-nine trees were planted in honor of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. A bench facing southwest toward Blacksburg, VA, creates a space for residents to sit and reflect.

Each spring, an ellipse of thirty-two red buds will call us to remember the tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech. Seventeen tupelo will embrace the red buds in an arch: their bright colors reminding us of the fundamental need to assiduously work to keep our schools and campuses safe and sacred, as they inherently should be.

The opening created by the red buds encourages us to come together as a community and nation to reflect upon what happened, and contemplate what still needs to be done in order to prevent such horrific violence from plaguing our society.

We remember the 32 students and faculty killed, 24 injured, and many more traumatized on April 16, 2007.


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A first-ever comprehensive view of your school’s safety

Financed by a federal grant, VTV created 32 NCSI: a free, confidential, self-paced, online self-assessment program designed to empower colleges and universities to make more informed decisions about campus safety through a comprehensive and objective analysis of their institutional safety and security facilities, policies, and procedures. Using this new resource, college and university campus communities can better assess themselves across nine important key areas:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Campus Public Safety
  • Emergency Management
  • Hazing
  • Mental Health
  • Missing Students
  • Physical Security
  • Sexual Violence
  • Threat Assessment

This comprehensive approach brings people together through a multi-department, team approach, facilitating real collaboration. 32 NCSI is different because it’s solutions-focused, not compliance-based, so it assists institutions in implementing, and/or reinforcing, holistic procedures to strengthen campus safety.

In 2017, VTV partnered with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrations in Higher Education—the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession—to advance 32 NCSI with colleges and universities.

32 NCSI is available as an individual self-assessment as well as part of the NASPA P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. self-assessment. The P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. self-assessment incorporates 32 NCSI and focuses on student affairs policies, resources, relationship with academic affairs, compliance, technology, inclusion, community, evidence, and student success.

NASPA’s plans for advancing 32 NCSI include ensuring that each module remains current given any changes in related legislation, compliance requirements, and the latest expert views on the respective topic. Additionally, NASPA and VTV intend to expand 32 NCSI with additional areas related to campus safety.


Contact or call 202-903-0654 to get started with 32 NCSI or learn more about this comprehensive resource.