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Gallaudet University awarded NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant

Gallaudet University awarded NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University has been awarded the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) CHOICES Alcohol Education Grant as announced by Student Affairs and Academic Support.

The NCAA CHOICES program provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics departments into campus wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol education projects

As a part of Gallaudet's work with this grant, the plan is to: train a team of staff consisting of representatives from Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, Athletics, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health and Wellness Programs and the Office of Student Conduct to provide brief alcohol screening and intervention with an evidence based program, BASICS; revise general policy and student-athlete policy to include sanctions to require students who have alcohol based infractions to meet with staff for the BASICS sessions; educate the general student population on healthy alcohol use and partying safety; attend the APPLE training/conference and apply learning into practice at Gallaudet University; develop and promote a social norming campaign on healthy alcohol use specific to student-athletes and then also for the general Gallaudet population; and utilize the current alcohol and other drugs coordinated community response team to garner support and provide ongoing leadership.

Research shows that alcohol use within the college environment has a negative overall effect on academic and social achievement. In addition, substance use and abuse in athletics poses many risks to the overall welfare of the student-athlete and can greatly diminish their academic and athletic performance. Deaf students – and deaf student-athletes - are not exempt from experiencing problems with alcohol and alcohol abuse. Gallaudet is committed to creating lasting change.

This award will allow Gallaudet University to expand the alcohol prevention education currently available on campus, establish needed services and fill gaps so that GU can promote more healthy relationships with alcohol amongst our general student population and student-athletes.

The grant was written and submitted by Gallaudet Health and Wellness Programs Director Christine Gannon and Social Work Intern and Peer Health Advocate Rosina Garcia.

Future dates on presentations, speakers and information will be posted later this year.

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