April 29, 2010

Higher Learning? – Drugs on College Campuses

The college years are a time for new experiences, exploration and discovery. Unfortunately, they are also a time for experimentation, especially into the world of drugs and alcohol. The name and location of the college or university doesn’t matter, all campuses deal with these kinds of issues.

During this hour-long CADCA-TV broadcast, Higher Learning?- Drugs on College Campuses, see who needs to share the responsibility for protecting our college students. Learn what drugs students are experimenting with and find out how coalitions can work with higher education institutions to prevent drug use.

We’ll travel to Virginia Commonwealth University to see how they are taking a positive social norms approach to drug and alcohol prevention. They’ve found a way to reach a majority of students on campus.

Key Points

  • Learn why college partying is not a rite of passage
  • Help your community debunk the myth about “performance enhancing” drugs
  • Hear what roadblocks coalitions might face when approaching schools and how to get around them
  • Discover ways that your local college can be a significant ally in prevention
  • See how to get students involved in anti-drug activities

Hosted by

Mary Elizabeth Elliott, Vice President for Communications & Membership, CADCA

Content Providers

Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D., Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health

Amelia Arria, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a Senior Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Her research interests span several areas of the alcohol and drug field, including understanding adolescent and young adult patterns of use, health consequences, and effective methods for treatment and prevention. She is involved in studies examining the antecedents and consequences of adolescent and young adult high-risk behaviors, as well as access and utilization of substance abuse and mental health treatment.

She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and completed post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

William DeJong, Ph.D., Professor, Boston University’s School of Public Health, former Director, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

Dr. DeJong served as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (HEC) from 1995-2004. Under his direction, the HEC emerged as the nation’s primary training and technical assistance resource for helping institutions of higher education develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies for alcohol and other drug preven¬tion on campus.

Dr. DeJong has been called upon frequently as an advisor by colleges, universities, and other organizations concerned with college student substance use. Among other honors and projects, he contributed to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s report, A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges, which reviews the research literature on successful prevention strategies and provides best practices recommendations.

A graduate of Dartmouth College (1973), Dr. DeJong received his doctorate in social psychology from Stanford University (1977).

Kristy M. Miller, Technical Assistance Manager for CADCA’s National Coalition Institute

Prior to joining CADCA’s team, Kristy Miller served as Associate Director of the Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities (LaCASU). The mission of LaCASU and its related coalitions is to foster safe and healthy collegiate communities by reducing problems associated with students’ substance use through the process of collaboration among institutions of higher education and key community and state stakeholders.

From 2002-2007, Miller served as the Assistant Director of the LSU Campus-Community Coalition for Change (CCCC), one of ten campus-community coalitions funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of its A Matter of Degree (AMOD) Project: The National Effort to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Among College Students. The CCCC was a town-gown partnership between LSU and the Baton Rouge parish government to improve the living and learning environments on campus and in the external community by reducing high-risk drinking and the associated negative consequences. Miller volunteered as a student leader with the same campus-community coalition during her undergraduate career.

Miller is a two-time alumnus of Louisiana State University (LSU), earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication.

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