National Education Safety and Security Institute (NESSI)

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NESSI conducts research, policy analysis and training to improve safety and security from manmade and natural disasters in the nation’s K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and vocational, private, faith based schools and preschools. In April 2015, a partnership was developed between the UCLA based NESSI and the USC based Safe Communities Institute, recognizing the importance of a consolidated effort to maximize the effectiveness and achievement of the National Education Security Institute.

2017 UPDATE: Courses are now being offered through UCLA Extension. For more information on the School Security Series Curriculum, please visit their website

On March 29, 2016, NESSI partners, public health and safety officials gathered at the UCLA James West Alumni Center to officially launch NESSI. See pictures on Flickr and Facebook.


Our partners

Department of Homeland Security

University of Southern California Safe Communities Institute

UCLA Extension

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NESSI Grand Opening - March 29, 2016