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Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Ph.D. is an award-winning author, presenter, and researcher. Her 2012 anthology, Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma, won a prestigious Colorado Book of the Year Award, given by the Colorado affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress Center for the Book. An educator whose son survived the shootings at Columbine High School, Carolyn enrolled in the University of Denver to conduct dissertation research as a way to help others faced with tragedy. Her study, Experiences of Columbine Parents: Finding a Way to Tomorrow, was named 2005 AERA Qualitative Dissertation of the Year. Carolyn is a Founder of Sandy Hook-Columbine Cooperative, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Alliance Member National Centre for Therapeutic Care, Fellow of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Board of Directors of the I Love You Guys Foundation [school safety], and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver. She has presented to audiences in the U.S., Europe, and Australia on trauma response and recovery, school safety, and leadership during crisis.

Wendy H. Davenson, M.F.T. is a Colorado and Connecticut Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Connecticut licensed and certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified Thanatologist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Approved Supervisor Trainer. Ms. Davenson moved from Sandy Hook, CT to Erie, CO in June of 2013. Through her long time private practice in Sandy Hook, her expertise was utilized extensively following the tragic shootings of 12/14/12 at Sandy Hook School. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, teaching and doing clinical supervision in the University Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, for the past 20 years. She has worked extensively with the Connecticut Family Court System mediating high conflict parenting cases and doing mandated post divorce co-parenting. She is a Connecticut GAL and has published: Grief and Growth: A Manual For Counselors and Educators.

Thursday, May 15th 2014
6:00pm Reception
6:45 Conversation with Carolyn Mears and Wendy Davenson

In The Commons at Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall
1999 E. Evans Ave. , Denver, CO 80208

A free event for our alumni and friends

Space is limited, so please register online as early as possible at:

Parking will be available in the visitor lots near Ruffatto Hall.

The paid hourly parking lots can be located here:

The lots closest to the event are 301, 302, and 316W.

Persons needing special accommodations should contact Nick Heckart at or 303-871-2747.

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