President’s Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Workgroup
There has been a significant amount of substance abuse prevention work done on campus since 1992. For three years, our college participated in the Motivating Campus Change (MC²) research project along with the University of Washington and Western Washington University. In the process, we learned about promising interventions for reducing alcohol abuse. For the last two years, we have also been involved in the Healthy Campus Initiative to promote student health. We hired an Addictive Behavior Specialist, established screening for drug and alcohol problems in the Health Center, conducted numerous educational programs for Residential Assistants, Athletes and other groups of students, created self-help groups, participated in Statewide Coalitions and established drug and alcohol-free Housing.
In the first years of its existence, the President’s Advisory Board for Substance Abuse met on a regular basis. In addition to developing educational programs, the board compiled the Biannual Report on Alcohol and Drug Programs and Policies. In recent years the group has been inactive and our biannual report has been compiled by Elizabeth McHugh.
The President reconstituted this group in Fall 2008 to enable us to give campus–wide attention to the lessons we have learned from recent research, to help us create a more comprehensive plan to address substance abuse, and to enable us to better respond to recent substance abuse issues on campus.
The new group will be called The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Workgroup and will have the following charge
- View MC² findings and identify any areas in need of further study or evaluation.
- Develop a strategic plan for addressing substance abuse on Campus using recent findings from MC² and other best practices.
- Monitor and maintain compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act.
- Give attention to a wider variety of substance use issues including controlled substances such as alcohol and nicotine as well as illegal drugs.
- Seek funding opportunities to continue prevention and intervention for substance use on Campus.
The study group will include
- A faculty representative
- Two staff from the Health and Counseling Center
- A representative from the Human Resources Office
- The Campus Grant Coordinator
- A Residence Hall staff member
- A representative from Police Services
- Two students
Should you have any questions regarding this group or suggestions for the group, please contact Art Costantino, Vice President for Student Affairs.