2018 Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 18 – January 20, 2018
Portland, OR

The 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention through comprehensive and integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference.

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 Student affairs administrators know the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on student learning, persistence and completion can be staggering. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has specifically identified college attending youth and young adults as a target population for substance abuse prevention efforts. Preventing high-risk alcohol use and substance abuse directly contributes to institution of higher education goals associated with academic success.

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • Evaluate the scope of alcohol and other drug abuse problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues in alcohol and other drug prevention;
  • Identify best practices for campus policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Explore replicable and adaptable campus evidence-based policies, programs, and practices;
  • Identify sources and repositories for identifying evidence-based risk factors, protective factors, and practices;
  • Evaluate the capacity to implement prevention strategies on campus;
  • Understand cultural competency and its importance in evidence-based prevention efforts; and
  • Apply sustainability into all efforts in the spectrum of prevention.

Continuing Education will be available at this conference. Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  •  Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Scope of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Problems on Campus

    • What do the data truly show? And how can quality assessment and reporting improve the misconceptions of the data?
    • What are the current issues in collegiate alcohol and other drug prevention, and in what ways are they being addressed?
    • How are campus practitioners assessing current alcohol and other drug use on campus?
    • In what ways are coalitions successfully providing feedback in culturally relevant ways that surveys often miss?

  • Environmental Management and Policy Change

    • What systems, policies, and procedures are in place to sharpen institutional decision-making and policy development? 
    • How does the college/university communication system inform and involve senior administration and legal advisors during alcohol and drug abuse related incidents?
    • How do we ensure that prevention efforts are integrated throughout the institution?
    • How is overall health and wellness integrated in campus policies and procedures?
    • What role does national policy advocacy play in local campus prevention efforts?

  • Strategic Prevention

    • How does alcohol and other drug prevention fit within your campus, divisional, and departmental strategic plans?
    • What role does the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework have on your campus’ prevention efforts?
    • In what ways does cultural competency influence prevention efforts on campus, especially for populations with historical health disparities?
    • How do we sustain effective prevention efforts and discontinue efforts which are ineffective?

  • Successful Prevention Programs, Policies, and Practices

    • Which evidence-based risk and protective factors are relevant to college and university environments?
    • How are student affairs practitioners screening, providing brief intervention, and referring students to higher level services in regards to alcohol and other drug issues?
    • What programming exist to support prevention on a campus-wide basis?
    • How do we incorporate harm reduction into the prevention efforts on campus?
    • What are innovative programs or new strategies in alcohol and other drug prevention on campus?

  • Campus and Community Partnerships

    • What is the model of collaboration used on campus to address alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention efforts?
    • What inter-departmental, inter-divisional, and community partnerships benefit prevention efforts?
    • What state and regional resources assist in local campus prevention?

  • Campus Violence Prevention

    • ​How does violence prevention fit within your campus, divisional, and departmental strategic plans?
    • How do we build effective partnerships across campus to improve communication about violence prevention?
    • How do we sustain effective prevention efforts and discontinue efforts which are ineffective?

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

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Submission Timeline
  • April 28, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 10, 2017
    Call for Programs Closes
  • October 6, 2017
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 13, 2017
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

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


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early Early Registration
04/28/2017 to 06/30/2017
Early Bird Registration
07/01/2017 to 11/01/2017
Regular Registration
11/02/2017 to 12/15/2017
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Hilton Portland

Hilton Portland
Portland, OR

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Portland.

The Hilton Portland has arranged for special room rates for conference attendees starting at $189/night (not including 13.3% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Thursday, December 28, 2017. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


For hotel questions, please contact:
Greg Morris
[email protected] | 202-265-7500 x1189

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
$189 - Single/Double
$209 - Triple/Quad
  • Travel

    Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX). The Hilton Portland is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information about taxi service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website. The estimated taxi fare is $35 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Portland in January are in the high-40s F during the day and mid-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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