Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 12
March 31, 2015
In This Issue:
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options. National Alcohol Screening Day is April 9th this year, and thousands of colleges, community-based organizations, and military installations will participate. To access and download the toolkit, sample social media announcements, e-cards and other resources, click here.

LGBT Populations: Knowledge Base, Research Needs, and Research Recommendations

The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE)  has published a series of briefs and reports on low-income and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their interactions with human services. Briefs are separated into three topic areas: low-income and at-risk LGBT populations, the child welfare system and LGBT youth and LGBT adults, and LGBT youth (particularly runaway and homeless youth and sexual health). These resources can help campus professionals better understand and support the challenges faced by LGBT students.

To access the Project Brief, click here.
To access the Needs Assessment report, click here. 
To download the Chapter Briefs, click here.
To learn more about research recommendations, click here.

STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere)

STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24, including college-aged students. STRYVE's vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, campuses, and communities. STRYVE online, a critical part of the website, is an evolving resource that IHE administrators, community members, organizations, and leaders can use to develop, implement, and evaluate youth violence prevention approaches. To learn more about STRYVE and its programs, click here.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has published a series of resources to assist with preventing sexual violence on campus. Dozens of resources, planning tools, graphics, and media toolkits and packets are available to help create safer campuses. To learn more and access the materials, click here.

Human Trafficking Prevention/Intervention Toolkit

The Georgia Department of Education has published fact sheets for schools, resources and publications, as well as a 'Report a Tip' guide to empower citizens to become more aware of the threat of sex trafficking. Sex traffickers frequently target vulnerable people, such as teenagers and students in new and unfamiliar environments such as college campuses, and those people with histories of neglect, abuse and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage, or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims involved in the sex industry. Sex trafficking exists within the broader commercial sex trade, often at much larger rates than most people realize or understand. To learn more about this initiative and to access the materials, click here.

Support for Collegiate Recovery Programs

Transforming Youth Recovery is a nonprofit organization with the mission of funding, growing, and supporting collegiate recovery programs across the United States to allow students in recovery from substance use disorders have a productive and authentic college experience. Their Seeds of Hope grant program is currently entering its last funding cycle, with 18 $10,000 seed grants left to be administered to institutions of higher education that indicate a willingness to start or expand a collegiate recovery program on campus. To learn more about Transforming Youth Recovery or apply for a Seeds of Hope grant, click here

Violence Against Women Act Resource Package


With the final regulations of the Violence Against Women Act going into effect on July 1st, PaperClip Communications has released a comprehensive new resource package to increase the VAWA competence and readiness to comply. The package the history of VAWA and steps the institution needs to take to be in compliance, describes the intersection between VAWA and Title IX, defines key VAWA terms and definitions, and more. To learn more and to access this resource, click here.

Online Clery Act Self-Assessment Tool

The Clery Center's Online Jeanne Clery Act Self-Assessment Tool aims to tackle the most common Clery Act compliance challenges: coordination between campus departments, inconsistent or missing policies, and record-keeping. This new resource will help colleges and universities tackle these challenges with at team-based, evaluative approach. To access this resource and to learn more, click here.
For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!

Drouin, M. & Miller, D.A. (July 2015) Computers in Human Behavior

Tait, R.J. & Lenton, S. (May 2015) Internet Interventions

Riordan, B.C., Scarf, D. & Conner, T.S. (March 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Cremeens-Matthews, J. & Chaney, B. (March 2015) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Sexual Assault on College and University Campuses                       
Brunt, B.V., Sokolow, B.A., Flanagan, C., Johnson, M.H. & Kiss, A. (March 2015) Violence and Gender

Dudley, D.M., Liu, L., Hao, L. & Stallard, C. (March 2015) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Foster, D.W, Neighbors, C.& Krieger, H. (March 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Keough, M.T., O'Connor, R.M., Sherry, S.B. & Stewart, S.H. (March 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Drug Free Action Alliance Event: Environmental Prevention is Sustainable Prevention Part 2
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1-2 PM ET

The Drug Free Action Alliance (DFAA) Environmental Prevention is Sustainable Prevention is the second of the three-part series will build upon session one and will focus on the impact of community norms and the power that community norms have in determining what is acceptable and unacceptable in a community. To learn more and register, click here.


2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
April 7-9 2015, New Orleans, LA

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is hosting the 2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses. Join fellow law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, educators, and other in this three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues in sexual assault, domestic violence and campus responses. The conference will have sessions on; Teen Dating Violence and Abuse in a Digital World; Investigating and Prosecuting Intimate Partner Violence with Reluctant and Recanting Victims; Creating and Implementing Risk Assessments in Domestic Violence Cases; and more. For more information and to register, click here.

Meeting of the Minds -- 2015 Area 5 Spring Conference Bacchus Initiatives of NASPA
April 9-11, 2015, Kansas City, MO 

The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and The BACCHUS Network are hosting the Area 5 Spring Conference. This event is an opportunity for peer education groups to get new program ideas on a variety of health and wellness issues relevant to working with college students, gain new knowledge and skills to support peer education efforts, network with other peer education educators and advisors, and more. The conference will also have a full lineup of sessions for law enforcement and campus public safety personnel. To learn more about this event and to register, click here.

ACHA 2015 Annual Meeting
May 26-30, 2015, Orlando, FL

The  American College Health Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting offers participants the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and contact hours, network with professionals from across the country, and add expertise in student health. This year's conference will feature section, affiliate, and committee meetings; other network events, an exhibit hall, pre-conference workshops, and more. To learn more about this conference and to register, click  here.

The 6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference
May 27-29, 2015, Reno, NV

This conference, hosted by Nevada's Recovery & Prevention Community (NRAP), is designed to facilitate a greater understanding about Collegiate Recovery Communities and Programs and their role in colleges and universities across the nation. It will provide an opportunity for CRC and CRP staff and students to connect, network with one another and gain knowledge pertinent to establishing and maintaining strong recovery activities and programs for students and allies. To learn more, click here

Learning Summit 2015: Student Success and Completion
June 7-10, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

The Learning Summit, hosted by The League for Innovation in the Community College, is a working retreat for community college teams to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges related to learning. Participants examine effective practices in five topic areas that are the focus of the program: student learning outcomes; student engagement; faculty and staff engagement; organizational culture; and quality, inquiry, and accountability. To learn more about this summit, click hereTo register for this event, click here.

Campus Crime Prevention Training
August 18-20, 2015, Huntsville, TX

This training, hosted by the National Crime Prevention Council and college crime prevention practitioners, will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources to lead crime prevention services for their university and campus and to foster relationships with partners and necessary personnel to enable their crime prevention plan to be successful. To register and learn more about this event, click here.

2015 HBCU Week Conference
September 21-22, 2015, Washington, DC

The Annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week Conference is planned under the leadership of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and with input from the President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs and its conference sponsors. Participants will be able exchange information and share innovations among and between institutions. Stakeholders will provide an overview of successful engagements that if replicated could improve instruction, degree completion and the understanding of federal policies that shape and support higher education. For more information on this upcoming event, click here.
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