Faculty and staff are very important role models for our students. You play an important part within the students success here at BHSU. Your caring and support help students make wise healthy choices in regards to their physical, emotional, social and mental health, not to mention academic success. Positive connections to faculty and staff can make a difference between a student staying and thriving at BHSU or failing and dropping out. Your positive impact on a student's life is critical for their success!
Student Engagement and Community Collaboration for Prevention (SEACC) desired outcomes were:
- reduce underage alcohol use
- reduce high risk drinking
- reduce sales of alcohol to minors in the community
- increase student participation in alcohol-free campus activities
- increase awareness of consequences to one's career of alcohol abuse convictions
- increase awareness about prevention issues and campus-specific alcohol use data
Things inside the classroom:
There are things you can do in the classroom to raise the alcohol abuse issue in terms of developing critical skill, thinking and encouraging discussion among your students.
- Take advantage of teachable moments - Help students become aware of the role that alcohol plays in their lives during Spring Break, Homecoming, etc.
- Making announcements/Giving credit for prevention activities - you can be a great ally by encouraging students to attend campus activites or events by offering extra points for attending.
- Curriculum infusion/Assignments - encourage students to write/create material on topics dealing with their own personal health.
- Offer programming possibilities - if a topic interests you, see if it will fit into prevention efforts.
- Don't cancel class - offer the time slot to a health and wellness or prevention staff.
- Use the Compass CD - to help students make healthy lifestyle choices.
SEACC Prevention has provided all students, faculty, and staff with the Compass CD: A Roadmap To Healthy Living. The CD has interactive links to George Mason University who developed the Compass concepts. Compass includes both a CD and multiple links to resources related to a variety of topic areas relevant to students, faculty, and staff. Specifically, the Compass CD provides information on 31 different topics, from stress management to exercise, and from spirituality to alcohol. Each of these topics has been carefully chosen, to be relevant to college student's success. At BHSU, we are providing this to help you make healthier choices, and to connect you with the vast array of resources that exist. The Compass CD also has, for each of these 31 topics, some worksheets that you can use for your own reflection, as well as for planning. You can print these out and record your own comments on them, and review them at various times in the future. Some additional resources are found on the Compass CD: inspirational quotes, a downloadable screensaver, BHSU's catalog, and more.