Alcohol Coalition Committee 2011-2012
The Alcohol Coalition Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of the new co-chair for 2012, Santiago Martinez Legaspi ’13. Santiago, a native of Mexico City, Mexico is a graduate of Culver Academy. A member of Mathey College, Santiago is a BSE candidate pursuing certificates in Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering Biology. Santiago is involved in a variety of campus organizations. He is the Vice President of the men’s rugby club, a member of Tiger Inn and is the student coordinator for the Intramural Office. Santiago will begin his leadership of the ACC at the beginning of the second semester.
While the ACC welcomes Santiago it also expresses its gratitude to Dana Weinstein ’12, the outgoing co-chair who ably led the ACC in 2011. Hallmarks of Dana’s leadership include implementation of email@example.com, a Princeton specific, interactive web-based education tool about alcohol policies and Princeton’s social scene, the first Ivy League student summit on high-risk drinking, continuing the Faces campaign, a postering campaign aligning student voices about high-risk drinking, and the start of the process to create a mobile app for students providing useful information about bystander responses.
The ACC is a group of students, staff and faculty charged with addressing on campus high risk drinking. Primarily a student driven initiative, the ACC uses working groups, partnerships with stakeholders, web-based educational tools and publications to sustain the work of the committee.
Complementing the mission statement is a set of values which support the health and well-being of students within an environment that acknowledges the social, intellectual, and ethical maturation process which takes place during the undergraduate years. This maturation process includes individual expression, pushing, creating and understanding boundaries of behavior with others and within community standards. The responsible use of alcohol is a part of the college and societal culture. The ACC is not against alcohol consumption, rather it supports the responsible use of alcohol and works to address high risk drinking among undergraduates on campus.
ACC Mission Statement
The Alcohol Coalition Committee has been tasked with addressing high-risk drinking at Princeton; to:
- influence attitudes, promote understanding and shape behavior on campus
- foster an ongoing, candid, collegial dialogue about alcohol among students, faculty and administrators
- cultivate a deep, genuine, campus-wide understanding of the consequences of all alcohol choices, from abstinence to responsible consumption to high-risk drinking
- seek to diminish the negative impact of high-risk drinking on the health, safety and well-being of our community
Operational Definition of High-Risk Drinking
Any time the health, well-being and safety of the individual drinking or others is likely to be or is compromised, or where community standards are likely to be or are compromised
- Support the Dartmouth Initiative
- Enhance publications, web presence, messaging and outreach
- Establish a consortium to develop and implement a Bystander program
- Enhance collaboration among other initiatives and projects addressing HRD
- Increase connections with other universities
- Complete and implement the PST (Princeton Specific Tool Project)
- Increase campus /student awareness and high risk drinking conversation
- Support working groups and agendas
- Increase student membership
- Develop social networking messages
- Continue the conversation: what is success re: addressing high risk drinking
- Continue to support Recovery@ program
Residential College Mid Year Report
Co-chairs: Matt Frawley, Mathey College and Victoria Worthern '13
High risk drinking is a problem all colleges and universities face. In an effort to encourage student engagement and participation in identifying ways to address high risk drinking, the ACC is establishing a new working group with the Residential Colleges. Each College is unique; each has a particular student culture, traditions and expectations around building community. The Res College working group will work with each College to help them identify ways to address high risk drinking with the aim of raising awareness among all members of the College and possibly, reducing high risk drinking in the Colleges. Through an innovative approach to problem solving, Matt Frawley, will co-chair the ACC working group who will work with sub groups within each College. Colleges will determine who makes up the ‘sub group’ and will have the autonomy to create the messaging, program or event for their College.
NCHIP Mid Year Report
Co-chairs Gina Abrams UHS and Steve Sloane '12
Dartmouth College is leading a cross institutional effort to reduce high risk drinking on college campuses. Complimenting Princeton’s team, led by co-chairs Gina Abrams and Steven Sloane ‘12, the ACC working group will support the primary aims of the initiative which include referring students to BASICS and introducing a Bystander intervention program. The working group may adopt additional measures.
Themed Dinners Mid Year Report
Co-chairs Dana Weinstein '12, Amy Campbell VPCL, Rick Curtis, OA, Cara Luizi 12, Maria Flores-Mills ODUS, and Jake Sally '12
In an effort to advance the conversation about high risk drinking, about choices and the impact high risk drinking has on Princeton as a community, the ACC will sponsor 5 dinners bringing students, faculty and administrators together to talk openly and honestly about the issue and the ramifications in and outside the classroom. Having open and honest dialogue among all members of the Princeton community is a hallmark of the ACC. Sponsoring small dinners will provide a new venue for the conversations and we hope, will spur a greater awareness of how the students can impact the culture of high risk drinking on campus.
Communications Mid Year Report
Chair Lily Gold’14
The Communications working group will be made up almost entirely of students. The charge of the group is to identify creative and interesting ways to engage students in the work of the ACC, to raise the profile of the ACC and to increase student awareness of the various ACC ‘campaigns’ and material.
A new, interactive informational website
Streetwise@Princeton is an interactive resource designed to inform incoming students about alcohol use, the Princeton social scene and related policies. Freshmen are introduced to Princeton campus life through the residential colleges which, along with the more than 300 student organizations, serve as a hub of activity for underclassmen. Streetwise is intended to help all students make informed and safe choices about alcohol during their time at Princeton.
Streetwise focuses on undergraduate drinking specific to Princeton, emphasizing the University's particular policies, unique aspects of the social scene, and where students can go for help. Ultimately, we hope that Streetwise will help freshmen make informed and safe choices about alcohol during their time at Princeton.
- What Does Alcohol Really Do To me?
- What Should I Do IF....?
- Alcohol Policies: FAQ
- Princeton Myths and Truths
- Princeton Social Scene
High-risk drinking defined
High-risk drinking at colleges and universities, including Princeton, is a complex and serious issue. In 2008-09 the Alcohol Coalition Committee began to implement the strategic plan to address high-risk drinking on campus, that was presented to the Healthier Princeton Advisory Board in May 2008.
The ACC operational definition of high-risk drinking: Any time the health, well-being, or safety of the individual drinking or others is likely to be or is compromised or when community standards are likely to be or are compromised.
The 2011-2012 Alcohol Coalition Committee is comprised of Princeton students, faculty and staff.
President Tilghman writes op-ed piece on high-risk drinking
Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman wrote an op-ed piece on high-risk drinking that appeared in the January 15, 2010, issue of The Daily Princetonian.
Through out the year, this website will provide up to date information and summaries of the work of the committee.The ACC would like to hear from you. Send comments, suggestions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.