Strengthening Campus and Community Collaboration to Address Student Health and Safety

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Add to Calendar 2017-09-12 14:00:00 2017-09-12 14:00:00 Strengthening Campus and Community Collaboration to Address Student Health and Safety A recent study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs specifically endorses “...college/community collaborative programs, and evidence-supported policies to reduce...drinking and related problems." The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identifies environmental interventions for preventing alcohol-related harm, such as restricting alcohol promotions, enforcing underage drinking laws, mitigating cheap alcohol availability through sensible alcohol excise tax policies, social host regulations, and responsible service training for beverage service providers. Since 2005, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst) and the city of Amherst, Massachusetts have pursued a multi-faceted collaboration to address these factors and promote a safe and healthy environment for campus and community that is more conducive to learning. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), will host a webinar to discuss collaborative efforts by the Town of Amherst, MA and UMass Amherst. This collaboration strives to maintain a safe and livable environment in off-campus neighborhoods and sustain a focus on the health and safety of students.   The webinar will be held on: September 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) This webinar will provide detailed examples of how the Amherst campus and community collaborative has approached the issues of off-campus alcohol consumption and student safety, and describe outcomes realized as a result of the partnership. As a result of their success to date, Amherst and UMass Amherst recently joined a multi-site Responsible Alcohol Programs effort, through the International Town and Gown Association, to promote safer alcohol sales and service practices. Presenters will discuss how the program will expand the efforts already underway by the city and university. Presenters:  Sally Linowski, Associate Dean of Students for Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Tony Maroulis, Executive Director of External Relations and University Events, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Sarah la Cour, Executive Director, Amherst Business Improvement District; and Bill Laramee, Neighborhood Liaison, Amherst Police Department. Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to: Describe the research supporting campus and community collaborations. Identify specific programmatic strategies used by the Amherst Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking in addressing alcohol use and safety of students in off-campus neighborhoods. Describe positive outcomes of such collaboration from both campus and community perspectives. Identify key stakeholders that would be essential to a successful collaborative in their own community. Audience: This webinar is designed for College/University administrators, community officials, and student-led organization leaders interested in improving student safety and reducing problematic alcohol consumption and neighborhood disruptions of off-campus students. Online Online noreply@air.org America/New_York public

A recent study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs specifically endorses “...college/community collaborative programs, and evidence-supported policies to reduce...drinking and related problems." The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) identifies environmental interventions for preventing alcohol-related harm, such as restricting alcohol promotions, enforcing underage drinking laws, mitigating cheap alcohol availability through sensible alcohol excise tax policies, social host regulations, and responsible service training for beverage service providers. Since 2005, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass Amherst) and the city of Amherst, Massachusetts have pursued a multi-faceted collaboration to address these factors and promote a safe and healthy environment for campus and community that is more conducive to learning.

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), hosted a webinar to discuss collaborative efforts by the Town of Amherst, MA and UMass Amherst. This collaboration strives to maintain a safe and livable environment in off-campus neighborhoods and sustain a focus on the health and safety of students. 

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