MONTEREY, Calif. – Susan Graves, Safety Coordinator at Lincoln County School District in Newport, Oregon, has completed a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).
Graves has served Lincoln County School District as Safety Coordinator for seventeen years. She has also been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students for the past ten years. Graves earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington.
During the 18-month online and in-residence program, Graves collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges. She wrote a thesis titled, “Early Warning: A Strategy to Prevent Injuries and Loss of Life during Active Shooter Attacks on K-12 Schools.”
Twenty-nine CHDS students participated in the ceremony. They represent a snapshot of the homeland security profession, including professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, education, law enforcement, fire service, public health, and city/county government.
CHDS, located at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), is the nation’s homeland security educator. Master’s degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during a rigorous 18-month program. Each graduate completes a thesis on a current issue facing his/her jurisdiction. These theses often translate into policy and practice. The CHDS is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (For information, visit www.chds.us)