However, nearly a year after Haruka’s death and the formation of our organization, 19-year-old Longhorn Harrison Brown became the next victim of on-campus violence. Brown was stabbed to death on May 1, 2017, reinforcing the need for us to continue being a voice in the community.
Since then, we have worked to make improvements around the university.
We have created a list of safety change requests for UT Austin. This list included ensuring lighting was up to standard and that emergency call boxes be added to West Campus. We have additionally achieved many safety goals such as attending National Safety Conferences and lobbying the City Council to include West Campus in the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST).
Throughout our time working on improving safety, we have made many key partnerships, which include: UT Student Government, Dean of Students, UTPD, APD, Downtown Austin Alliance, Greater Austin Crime Commission, City of Austin, UFCU, Downtown Community Court, University Co-op, HEB, KXAN, FOX, KVUE, CBS news, DobieTwenty21, Jamba Juice, Kendra Scott, American Campus Properties, and C. Jane.
We continue to be characterized by our passion and dedication to increasing public safety. Today, we are still composed of impassioned parents who believe that everyone deserves to feel safe on and off the 40 acres.