2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly

November 16 – November 19, 2017
Denver Mariott City Center

Students and advisors from across the nation will gather in Denver to be inspired, share ideas, and build exceptional peer education programs and strategies in health, safety, and student leadership.


The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly allows attendees to take advantage of a tremendous selection of learning opportunities including 90+ educational sessions, keynote speakers, and featured presentations from renowned speakers. We will also be offering pre-conference learning opportunities, including our Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training for attendees.

There are many great opportunities for professionals and students throughout the conference. At General Assembly, peer educators gain new ideas and strategies for their programming and awareness events. Advisors learn how to make prevention efforts stronger on their campuses while supporting the students who make it happen. As a student peer educator you will be able to attend presentations from professionals and other peer groups on high-risk drinking prevention, sexual responsibility, mental health, violence prevention, tobacco prevention, or other health and safety issues.

All campuses are welcome to attend to learn from other institutions and to share successes. General Assembly is the culminating annual event of peer education efforts. It’s impossible to leave without new ideas, new ways of thinking, new information, and new friends. This conference is perfect to energize students, motivate advisors, and re-commit to making peer education and student health a campus priority.

General Assembly also promotes, supports and educates participants about student leadership development. The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of volunteer representatives from each region whose primary role is to serve as the student voice of peer education within the BACCHUS Initiatives and the larger constituencies of NASPA. Elections for the two 2017-2018 SAC Directors, whose terms will be from November 2017- November 2018 will be held at General Assembly. Elections for Regional SAC positions occur at their respective Regional Spring Conferences. The deadline to submit your SAC Director application materials (resume, letter of intent, photo, and a letter of reference from your peer education advisor) is November 15, 2017. Please email Laurie with your application materials.


Presented By

BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate


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Call for Programs

For over 40 years, peer educators have been saving lives and transforming campus environments. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is your opportunity to shift from educating the students on our respective campuses to sharing your talents with peer education groups from across the country. One of the best opportunities to share your talents is to submit an educational session for our General Assembly in Denver, CO November 16-19, 2017. Breakout session programs address the following themes:

  • Individual skill building and leadership development
  • Program description & adaptation
  • Peer education group development
  • Cultural trends and campus issues

  The Call for Programs will be open soon!

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Advising Skills and Issues

    • What lessons can new advisors learn from experienced ones?
    • How can advisors operate a peer education group with minimal resources?
    • How do advisors maintain excitement and engagement within the peer education group?
    • What are strategies for recruitment of new peer educators?
    • How can advisors better align learning objectives with peer educators’ projects?

  • Peer Education Group Issues

    • What are strategies to recruit and retain peer educators?
    • What models of peer education groups structure exist and how do they work?
    • How can peer educators evaluate their program effectiveness?
    • How can peer education groups involve a broader range of student sub-groups?
    • What makes a peer education retreat successful?
    • How do peer education groups deal constructively with conflict within the group?
    • What strategies and resources can peer education groups use to justify their work and funding to administrators and student government?

  • Student Leadership and Development

    • What skills are needed for peer educators to be effective leaders?
    • What strategies can student leaders utilize to motivate peer educators?
    • What skills are needed to create change in peer education groups and on campus?
    • How can student leaders work productively with advisors and campus administrators?
    • How do peer educator student leadership skills translate to future academic pursuits and careers?
    • How can your work as a peer educator translate to the student affairs profession?

  • Nutrition and Fitness

    • What are the effective programs in providing education and changing behaviors about nutrition and fitness?
    • Which environmental factors do peer educators have influence on (e.g. access to healthy foods on-campus)?
    • What role does disordered eating play in nutrition and fitness education?
    • How can peer educators incorporate nutrition and fitness education in non-traditional programming environments?

  • Promoting Mental Health and Wellness

    • What mental health programming is appropriate to be provided by peer educators?
    • What models of mental health promotion are best fit for peer education groups?
    • Which programs promote healthy balance between college responsibilities and high-risk behaviors?
    • How does your peer education program continue to address holistic health and wellness?

  • Sexual Health and Relationships

    • How does your peer education group support communication and healthy relationships?
    • What are new trends in collegiate sexual health promotion?
    • Which sexual health risk reduction programming is most effective with college students?
    • What is the role of HIV and STI screening programs with peer education groups?
    • ​How can peer educators be empowered bystanders to have conversations about sexual consent?

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention

    • What are new trends in high-risk drinking and collegiate alcohol abuse prevention?
    • How can alcohol prevention efforts correlate with other issues, like sexual assault prevention?
    • What is the role for peer educators in alcohol abuse and impaired driving prevention?
    • With marijuana laws changing in many states, how have our peer education efforts adapted?
    • How can peer education help address prescription drug misuse and abuse?
    • What programs, policies, and practices have been effective with your peer education program in preventing drug abuse on campus?

  • Sexual Assault Response and Prevention

    • What innovative gender-based violence prevention programs orstrategies have you used on your campus?
    • How has your campus worked to ensure that sexual violenceprevention programming is inclusive of a diverse range of students?
    • How have your peer educators worked with high-risk populations on campus, such as fraternities/sororities or athletes?
    • How is your campus assessing the effectiveness of its prevention programming?
    • In what ways are you incorporating bystander intervention you’re your peer education programming on sexual violence?
    • What are some innovative ways that your programming addresses dating/domestic violence and stalking specifically?

Submission Timeline
  • September 29, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • September 22, 2017
    Call for Program Reviewers
  • October 12, 2017
    Program Notifications Sent
  • October 19. 2017
    Confirm Program Acceptance/ Register for Conference

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


The 2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly has identified several thematic tracks to help customize your conference experience.  The schedule included provides opportunities for formal and informal connections and learning.

Wed, Nov 15

2:00pm – 8:00pm
CPE Training (Day 1)
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Thu, Nov 16

8:00am – 2:00pm
CPE Training (Day 2)
8:00am – 10:00pm
9:00am – 12:00pm
Topical PreConference
9:00am – 1:00pm
Advisors Academy
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Presenter Orientation
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Conference Orientation
4:05pm – 4:55pm
Breakout Session 1
5:05pm – 5:55pm
Breakout Session 2
6:00pm – 8:00pm
BACCHUS Business Meeting
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Opening Session
9:45pm – 10:15pm
SAC Candidate Session
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space

Fri, Nov 17

7:00am – 6:00pm
7:30am – 5:30pm
School Exhibit Set Up and Display
7:30am – 5:30pm
Exhibitor Hall
7:45am – 8:30am
Exhibitor Breakfast
8:00am – 5:00pm
Silent Auction
8:30am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote
10:15am – 11:05am
Breakout 3
11:15am – 12:30am
Breakout 4
12:15pm – 1:30pm
1:45pm – 2:35pm
Breakout 5
2:45pm – 3:35pm
Breakout 6
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Region Meetings
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space

Sat, Nov 18

8:00am – 5:00pm
Silent Auction/ Info Desk
8:45am – 10:00am
Featured Speakers
10:15am – 11:05am
Breakout 7
11:15am – 12:05pm
Breakout 8
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Advisors Luncheon
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Student Lunch and SAC DIrector Election
1:45pm – 2:35pm
Breakout 9
2:45pm – 3:35pm
Breakout 10
3:45pm – 4:35pm
Breakout 11
Silent Auction Closes
4:45pm – 5:30pm
Take Home Planning
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Awards Banquet
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Dance Party
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Open Recovery Space


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. Pre- Early Registration will be open from January 1, 2017- June 30, 2017 for a Member Rate of $315 and a Non Member Rate of $365.
Registration will be open soon!

Registration Fees

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
Non Member

Pre-Conference Registration

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
Non Member

CPE Training

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
Non Member

CPE Train the Trainer

Early Registration
07/01/2017 to 09/14/2017
Regular Registration
09/15/2017 to 10/19/2017
Late Registration
10/20/2016 to 11/03/2016
NASPA Institutional Member
Non Member


Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director, BACCHUS Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-903-0651

NASPA Membership Team
Email: [email protected]


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 3, 2017, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected] Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 3, 2017. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]


The BACCHUS Initatives of NASPA invites keynote and featured speakers each year. Suggested speakers come from the Conference Committee, other NASPA programs, and an Open Call for Speakers. The Call for Speakers is now open.

  • Applications for speakers are now being accepted!

    Speaker Bio


Denver Mariott City Center

Denver Marriott City Center
Denver, CO

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
$169 - Single/ Double
$189 - Triple
$209 - Quad
  • Travel

    Denver International Airport

  • Transportation

    The Denver Mariott City Center is about 26 miles from Denver International Airport. The Train to Plane lightrail runs every 15 - 30 minutes. The lightrail fare is $9 per person and runs directly to Union Station. A cab fare from Denver International Aiport is typically $60 one way.

Additional Info


The suggested dress for the 2017 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is business casual. Business casual attire typically consists of khakis or slacks, button up shirts, polos, blazers, a dress or skirt. If you are in doubt when packing, please err on the side of caution- athletic wear, clothing with rips/ tears and revealing clothing should be left at home. Remember- you will be representing both your home institution and peer group during the conference.

On Thursday, we recognize school spirit and recommend that you bring an institution or peer education group branded t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Saturday evening there is an Awards Banquet that most participants choose to wear semi-formal dress. Semi-formal attire includes cocktail dresses, slacks/dress pants, ties, vests, blazers.

Silent Auction

Each year the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA hosts a Silent Auction to fundraise for future General Assembly scholarships. Donate a swag bag from your campus bookstore, jewelry or art, or memorabilia for your peers to bid on! Please donate your items to the registration desk and don't forget to bit on items throughout the conference.

School Exhibits

Interested in showcasing your peer education group's programs through an exhibit? You will be provided with a six-foot table during the conference.  Registration will be open soon!

Student Advisory Committee Director Elections

Elections for the two 2017- 2018 SAC Directors will be held during General Assembly. The deadline to submit your materials (resume, a letter of intent, photo, and a letter of reference) is November 15, 2017. Please email Laurie with your application materials. 


General Assembly culminates in a banquet on Saturday evening. During the banquet, the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA are honored to present awards in four categories; Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program, and Outstanding Peer Education Group.  The deadline for nominations is October 5, 2017. The award nomination form will be open soon.


The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA offers several scholarships to mitigate the cost of attending General Assembly each year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is October 5, 2017. The scholarship application will be open soon.

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