In the last year, American youth have taken action on gun violence. Following the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14, 2018, students across the country came together to advocate against gun violence. However, with limited funding for gun research, finding accurate data and facts to support their cause is a problem for these students. Cassandra Crifasi, PhD’14, MPH, assistant professor with the Center for Gun Policy and Research, along with other center faculty, are removing the barrier preventing these young advocates from finding data and evidence to support their work.

As a part of Coursera, ­­­­an online system offering free and low-cost courses from universities across the country, Crifasi and her colleges will launch the course Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change on May 1. The course is tailored specifically for high school and college students. The six-week course will cover mental health, school safety, police-involved shootings and public health interventions and will include moderated discussion forums. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the class for the young advocates is gaining access to other students and Center for Gun Policy and Research faculty.