Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 3
October 28, 2015
In This Issue:

Safe Place: Trauma-Sensitive Practices for Health Centers Serving Students

The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments has released a resource kit encompassing a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. It is designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education. Safe Place is one in a diverse collection of tools commissioned by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. These tools are designed to supplement higher education efforts to develop campus-wide plans addressing sexual assault at their institutions. To access the resource kit, click here.

Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP)

As part of President Obama's initiative to ensure that all students have access to a high quality, affordable post-secondary education, the US Department of Education is now inviting applications for the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP): Expanding Access to High-Quality, Innovative Post-Secondary Education. Eligible applicants include colleges, universities, and non-traditional providers of education, such as intensive "boot camp" programs in particular fields and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that offer certificates aligning with employer needs. The overall goal of the EQUIP experiment is to increase student outcome measure transparency and generate data on the quality of these programs. To learn more, click here.

Better Make Room

Better Make Room is a virtual space for students, teachers, and other professionals working in institutions of higher education across the country. In support of Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative, designed to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing post-secondary education, Better Make Room presents a positive forum for students to get tips, support, and information on resources that can be useful for successfully completing their post-secondary education. To learn more, click here.

E-cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge

On October 20, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a Public Health Grand Rounds session on the use of electronic cigarettes. Similar to other monthly webcasts, the session explored cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The session also discussed recommendations for addressing challenges related to electronic cigarette use interventions and offered insight on the direction that should be followed in future research and practice. To access the archived webinar, click here.

Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose

Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the United States has almost quadrupled. Despite the surge in consumption, the amount of pain that Americans report has remained about the same, raising concerns over misuse and its effect on the body. In an effort to address the growing concern, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designed the Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose micro-site: providing fact sheets, toolkits, helpful links to other resources, and guides regarding safe prescribing practices, state policies, and prescription drug monitoring programs. To learn more, click here.
American Cancer Society The Great American Smokeout

In an effort to help smokers through the difficult process of quitting, the American Cancer Society encourages all to partake in the Great American Smokeout on November 19 and quit smoking- even for just one day. The American National Cancer Society has developed several different tools, including fact sheets, info-graphics, campaign materials, links to blogs, and resources for additional help. To learn more, click here.

ATIXA Position Statement on Title IX, Gender Identity and Gender Expression

The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) has published a positioning statement reflecting on the importance of protections for gender nonconformity, gender identity, gender expression, transitioning, and transgender status conferred by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The statement highlights that ATIXA strongly endorses and supports these protections and encourages their full implementation within all schools, colleges, and universities subject to Title IX. Additionally ATIXA expresses its support of gender nonconforming and transgender individuals' enrollment and employment in schools and colleges. To learn more, click here.

Because I Love You

Onelove Foundation, a student-led campaign to empower college students to change the statistics around relationship violence, has released a powerful video encapsulating how abuse can escalate and how damaging it can be to the victim of the abuse. The video features a variety of both male and female actors in order to highlight that anyone can be abusive and anyone can be a victim. To watch this video, click here.  

College Prescription Drug Study

This podcast from Ohio State University's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, features Drs. Ken Hale and Anne McDaniel discussing  the latest findings from the 2015 College Prescription Drug Study. To hear this podcast and to access report elements and the survey instrument used in the study, click here.

Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student

The JED Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college and university students, has released a tool to aid institutions in developing or revising protocols pertaining to instances of suicide. Protocol topics discussed in the tool include tips for responding to and documenting encounters with the acutely distressed or suicidal students; addressing issues around voluntary or involuntary psychiatric hospitalization; developing a post-crisis follow-up plan; developing an emergency contact notification protocol; and developing a leave of absence and re-entry protocol. To access this tool, click here.

For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!

MedlinePlus, October 22, 2015

Huffington Post, October 22,2015

Huffington Post, October 22, 2015

Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18,2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18,2015

The Week, October 15, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 14, 2015

Wilson, D. et al (November 2015) Research in Higher Education

Mount, J. (October 2015) Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

DeMaria, A. L. et al (October 2015) Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Donaldson, C. D., Siegel, J. T., Crano, W. D. (October 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Edman, J. L., Watson, S.B. & Patron, D. J. (October 2015) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Teeters, J. B. et al (September 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Mayhew, M. J. & Simonoff, J. S. (September 2015) Research in Higher Education

Johnston, L.D. et al (July 2015) 
Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan

Illinois Higher Education Center Continuing Education and Professional Development
Multiple dates, October 2015 - June 2016

Eastern Illinois University will be offering several professional development
webinars regarding alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention throughout the academic year. Topics covered include comprehensive efforts that embrace recovery, underage drinking, environmental prevention practices, how to use survey data, and conducting compliance checks. To learn more click here. To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

Managing External Relations and Off-Campus Conduct
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 1-2 PM ET

The National Center for Campus Public Safety will be hosting a webinar with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on proactive, collaborative, and innovative community partnerships. The 4 speakers from VCU will be discussing how the VCU Neighborhood Team was created and share how it addresses off-campus conduct related issues. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Mandated Reporter Training for Employees: A Full-Service Online Training from ATIXA
Available upon request

The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) will be providing an online training designed to inform college and university employees about their duty to report sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and other behaviors that fall under Title IX. The training can be administered to a group or to individual employees. It includes a 14-16 minute online video, a study guide, PowerPoint slides, and a printable proof-of completing post-test. To learn more, click here.


Training & Certification from ATIXA
Multiple dates, October 2015 - September 2016

The Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) will be offering several Certification courses throughout this academic school year across the country. A majority of the training sessions will be held in Orlando, Florida. Courses offered include Title IX coordination, Civil Rights investigating, climate surveys, VAWA compliance and strategic prevention, and Title IX/Section 304 policy foundations. Each course offers multiple levels of certification courses. To learn more and register for any training session, click here.

Indiana Collegiate Action Network Annual Conference
Friday, November 6, 2015, 10 AM - 4 PM, Carmel, IN

Mental Health America of Indiana will be hosting its annual conference to examine student retention issues on college campuses. The conference will focus specifically on the impacts of substance abuse on student retention. During the conference, participants will review The 2015 Indiana College Substance Use survey and explorer recent legislation that is pertinent to addressing retention issues. To learn more about this event and register, click here.

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Honoring 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act
Friday, November 13, 2015, Washington, DC

In honor of the 25th year anniversary of the Jeanne Clery Act, the Clery Center will be hosting a conference to discuss safety on college campuses and commend institutions and individuals that have done extraordinary things to make college and university students safer. Additionally, the event will feature lectures, breakout sessions and panel discussions to engage campus safety leaders in conversations on improvement strategies to ensure that all students on campus are safe from sexual and physical violence. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 AAC&U Meeting: How Higher Education Can Lead-On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal
January 20 - 23, 2016, Washington, DC

The Association of American Colleges & Universities will be hosting their annual conference to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing higher education institutions. This year, the focus will be on the intersections of equity and quality. In addition to fostering discussion around this topic, the conference aims to motivate participants to take action in addressing disparities in higher education in order to ensure that all students are prepared for work and life upon completion of post-secondary education. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Association for Student Conduct Administration Annual Conference
February 3 -6, 2016, St. Pete Beach, FL

Each year the Association for Student Conduct Administration hosts its annual conference, providing a variety of professional development options through concurrent sessions, plenary speakers, and networking opportunities. This February, the theme will be "Growing the Profession", highlighting the intersections between student development initiatives and institutional staff development initiatives. Fostering this theme, the conference will showcase talks on conflict resolution, sexual misconduct and Title IX, new developments in law and policy, assessment, academic integrity, mental health, student organizations, and threat assessments. To learn more about this event, click here.     

Achieving the Dream Annual Meeting on Student Success
February 23-26, 2016, Atlanta, GA

The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network will be hosting its annual event, focusing on new strategies for increasing success rates among community college students. Organized around the acronym, DREAM, which stands for data, reform, equity, achievement, and movement, the conference will provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of how each term can impact student success. To learn more, click here.

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education 11th Annual National Conference
Match 10-11, 2016, Costa Mesa, CA

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education 11th national conference will be providing participants with a number of professional development workshops, a lecture from a distinguished scholar, concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, and an annual book award. This year the conference theme will focus on equity and talent imperatives. To learn more, click here

32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity 
April 25-26, 2016, Honolulu, HI

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Education Center on Disability Studies will be hosting an international conference, to promote diversity and respect of diverse perspectives across all disability and diversity areas. The conference will provide participants with opportunities to exchange stories, relevant research, lessons learned from working with diverse student populations, and action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world. To learn more, click here.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
June 2-4, 2016, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders will be gathering women from every state and around the world to be part of the conference's 30 year legacy. Similar to past conferences, the conference will provide women with a career and graduate school fair, professional development workshops, lectures, and an awards ceremony. To learn more, click here.

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