The convergence of the NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug and Campus Violence Prevention, Mental Health, Sexual Violence Prevention, and the Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership conferences allows campus practitioners a unique opportunity to learn, network and engage. If you are interested in joining a planning committee for the conference, please apply here.
Alcohol, Other Drug and Campus Violence Prevention
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. Student affairs administrators know the harms associated with high risk alcohol and other drug abuse have direct impacts on student learning, persistence and completion. Campus prevention teams attending this conference will participate in conversations about best practices, innovative strategies, and effective strategies to support college attending youth.
Studies from the National ALliance on Mental Illness suggest about half of college students rate their mental health as below average. Colleges and universities across the country report an increase in both the number of students with mental health problems and the complexity and severity of issues. Mental health and well-being are precursors to meaningful learning, making it critical for institutions of higher education to develop services that are accessible to students while removing stigma from help seeking behaviors. Because mental health issues present in various campus settings and they affect not just the individual student but the campus as a whole, successful approaches require collaboration between campus departments and between a college and the local community.
Sexual Violence Prevention
The continued national focus on campus sexual and relationship violence and institutional efforts to prevent and respond to such violence highlight the need for a conference specific to the strategies for use by professionals at institutions of higher education. Sexual assault and relationship violence cause immeasurable harms to students, including their abilities to persist in their academic endeavors, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, and serious mental health concerns. There are a growing number of Student Affairs professionals whose roles involve prevention of and response to sexual and relationship violence on campus, including Title IX Coordinators, Deans of Students, Student Conduct personnel, prevention educators, advocates and hearing board members who may come from across the institution. This conference is the premier opportunity for professionals in these roles to come together and explore promising practices and innovative efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence in the higher education community.
Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership
The field of student affairs has moved towards a holistic strategy of student wellness. Health promotion is a strategy aimed at enabling college students to increase control over, and improve, their overall health. Well-being and health promotion as a methodology shifts from focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. The NASPA Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference will build attendees’ knowledge and capacity around creating a culture of health and well-being, and inform practices at institutions of higher education.