Broad-based community- and state-level interventions can reduce problems related to alcohol and other drug use and violence and help develop and maintain safe and supportive learning environments.
Colleges and universities are natural allies of community agencies and organizations concerned about alcohol problems, even when they see those problems from different perspectives. Constructing a campus, community, and state environment that will protect students and help them make healthier and safer decisions is challenging work that requires an organized and participatory process to develop, implement, and evaluate a sound strategic plan. This process includes three types of participatory efforts, as follows:
On campus, the college president or chancellor can begin by appointing a permanent task force that represents several important constituencies, including key administrative staff, faculty, and students, and possibly alumni and parents.
Community-level efforts can include a full coalition that includes both campus and civic leaders. Coalitions provide an opportunity to avoid misunderstandings between the student population and neighboring communities.