Partnering to Create a Respectful and Safer Campus

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Columbia University and Vistelar, LLC Collaborate to Enhance Non-Escalation/De-Escalation Skills for Public Safety Officers

Columbia University today announced a strategic training partnership with Vistelar, LLC to help ensure its campus remains respectful and safe during COVID-19 times and beyond. This partnership establishes the Wisconsin-based company as a conflict management training vendor for Columbia University Public Safety.

Prompted by the challenges of COVID-19 and the vision to ensure that all students and staff are protected on campus, the team recognized its public safety staff needed to add to it’s existing conflict management and resolution tools to help build confidence and better prepare staff to deal with these challenging situations on campus.

“We realized that we needed to update and expand on our already robust de-escalation and conflict management training; and to do so, we reviewed numerous conflict management vendors,” said Al Becker, Executive Director of Finance and Administration. “After researching many possible options, we selected Vistelar because their online non-escalation/de-escalation for campus public safety program was exactly what we were looking for. We anticipate our 300 public safety members will complete the course and be able to immediately use the skills they’ve learned while on patrol around our campus.”

Through its partnership with Vistelar, Columbia University will receive an online course for each public safety member.

“Columbia University Public Safety has demonstrated a comprehensive approach to establishing confidence and safety for the entire campus community,” highlighted Dr. Ann Newman, Chief Executive Office for Vistelar, LLC. “Students, staff, and faculty can rest assured that the public safety members receiving the training will be able to address all safety concerns with dignity by showing respect in the learning environment.”

For additional information on Vistelar and its suite of conflict management services, visit

About Columbia University
Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Public Safety department is a member of the International Association for Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

About Vistelar, LLC
Vistelar is a consulting and training organization that focuses on addressing the entire spectrum of human conflict by delivering our Unified Conflict Management System while building respectful and safer environments.

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