An infrastructure at institutions of higher education (IHEs) and surrounding communities must be in place to sustain programs and coalitions for supporting safe, supportive learning environments. Developing or strengthening infrastructure is part of building organizational capacity.
Prevention work on campus and in surrounding communities to address problems related to alcohol and other drug use and violence and maintain safe and supportive learning environments is best facilitated by a campus and community coalition (NIAAA 2002). The main purpose of these coalitions is to build capacity to direct and oversee the design and execution of a strategic plan. Sustaining a coalition also depends on improving organizational capacity to effect change through focused collaboration.