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DePauw Collaborative on High Risk Drinking

The DePauw Collaborative is a group comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as a representative from DePauw Health. The Collaborative focuses its work on evidence based initiatives that reduce high risk drinking on campus.

In 2011 DePauw participated in a national collaborative along with 32 other institutions of higher education. During that time we learned the importance of basing our work on reducing high risking drinking in a public health model where interventions that have been proven to be effective are implemented, tested and put into action. We have continued that work with the DePauw Collaborative, a group of students, staff, faculty and Greek alumni.

The members of the Collaborative use the CollegeAIM, a matrix of evidence-based strategies from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to select a set of initiatives for the academic year. During the course of the year, the Collaborative members work through the plans to implement each CollegeAIM initiative, whether it is an individual-level or environmental-level.

The DePauw Collaborative grounds its work in the philosophy developed by the team that participated in the national collaborative:

In order to further enhance the intellectual life at DePauw University, we recognize that we must change the reality that alcohol consumption is a significant part of the student social culture.  We commit ourselves to building a community that values, teaches and models healthy and responsible life choices and to creating a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for all students whether they choose to drink or not.  We are also committed to producing responsible graduates, who, if they chose to drink while a student, developed responsible habits.  We aim to develop a campus culture that challenges dangerous behavior, and as such, our greatest efforts are directed towards curbing high-risk alcohol use.