Effective prevention programs should engage stakeholders from diverse areas of campus life. These representatives bring different perspectives, knowledge, and skills to the table that enhance AOD prevention efforts.
College and University Presidents
Top administrators and presidents play a crucial role in supporting prevention efforts through resource allocation, establishing and vocalizing the priority of these efforts, and policy development. [More Information]
A successful prevention program requires a broad base of support from the many departments and divisions on campus, including campus security, admissions, and residential life. [More Information]
Faculty can have a substantial impact on alcohol and other drug prevention efforts, particularly through academic reform that emphasizes academic rigor and the educational experience at the college. As faculty regularly interface with students, they can also connect with them as mentors, engage them more deeply in the academic environment through promoting the academic mission of the school, and reinforce normative behavior around drinking and other drug use. Changes in the social environment of students, led by faculty, can have a profound impact on their decisions about alcohol and drugs.
As representatives of the target audience, students play a crucial role in planning and implementing prevention strategies on campus by voicing the concerns and perspectives of the student body, and legitimizing prevention efforts through their participation. [More Information]
More often than not, parents foot the ever-increasing bill for higher education. As a consumer group, they can advocate for improved heath and safety for students and, therefore, advance prevention efforts. Moreover, if students know their parents expect sound academic work, they are likely to be devoted to their studies and have less time to get in trouble with alcohol and other drugs. [More Information]
Although some alumni may glorify their alcohol-related college experiences, many others may wish to see the reputation of their alma mater remain one of academic rigor and quality higher education. These concerns of upholding the value of their degree can motivate them to support prevention efforts on campus. In part, alumni in recovery are well-suited to give support to prevention initiatives.