Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich participates in meeting to address gun violence - Photo Courtesy Twitter User @ArneDuncan

Hartwick’s Drugovich Joins Discussions on Solutions to Gun Violence

February 5, 2013

Yesterday, Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich joined Oglethorpe University President Lawrence M. Schall and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to demand that Congress address gun violence. Drugovich and two dozen other college presidents  participated in the event  in order to show solidarity with the effort to create a balanced and national solution to gun violence.

The meeting served to reinforce the request for thoughtful and urgent action that these presidents and more than 300 other college leaders sent to the nation's policy makers in a letter, co-authored by Schall, and a separate letter  penned by Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton in December of 2012.

According to The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and InsideHigherEd, Schall also announced a new partnership between his colleagues - calling themselves College Presidents for Gun Safety - and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the coalition of nearly 900 city leaders founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bear down on gun violence.

Throughout the discussion, the presidents endorsed "common-sense reforms" to reach solutions against gun violence, including: reinstating the ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; requiring that every gun purchaser pass a criminal background check; requiring consumer safety standards for all guns; making gun trafficking a federal crime; and opposing legislation that allows guns on campuses.

In addition to her participation in the aforementioned meeting, Drugovich and other presidents also visited with staff of democratic and republican members of the house education and workforce committee in order to discuss gun safety issues.

For more information, contact Hartwick College Media Relations Manager Valerie Capullo at 607-431-4031 or  

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031