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Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools to Hold National Meeting on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention in Colleges and Universities


Contact:  
Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: October 18, 2010 - October 19, 2010

Alcohol and drug abuse, and violence prevention in colleges and universities is the focus of a two-day national public meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. The meeting, “Promoting Student Success: Effective Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention in Tough Times,” will take place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 18-19, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. The national meeting will feature an estimated 800 participants from various higher education institutions who are experts in the fields of mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and violence prevention.

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools’ Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings and Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary William Modzeleski will give opening remarks at the meeting’s kickoff on Monday, Oct. 18. The Department’s Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education, will deliver the keynote address during the opening plenary session. He is scheduled to speak at 8:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will give a keynote address at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, before the plenary on “Trends and Emerging Issues in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention on College Campuses.” Later that day at 1 p.m., Laurie Robinson, assistant attorney general, will keynote the luncheon plenary on “Campus Security: Full Partners in Public Safety, First Line in Crime Prevention.”

“Colleges and universities should be places where students learn, challenge themselves and feel safe,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “Drugs, alcohol and violence negatively impact academic performance and the entire college experience. This conference is an excellent opportunity for dedicated professionals to discuss the best ways to protect our young people and prepare them to graduate and lead happy, successful lives.”

The 2010 national meeting will include workshops and presentations in areas such as:

  • Alcohol, other drug, and violence (AODV) prevention and interventions
  • Violence prevention and intervention (includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault; domestic/relationship violence; stalking; hazing; bullying; hate crimes; harassment; and physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse)
  • Mental health and AODV prevention nexus
  • Campus and community AODV prevention coalitions
  • Evidence-based and innovative programs
  • AODV prevention and interventions for students representing diverse groups, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and age

“President Obama has set an ambitious goal of once again leading the world in college completion by 2020. We know that high-risk drinking and drug use, and violence by college students contribute to numerous academic, social and health-related problems—and these issues must be addressed if we are to achieve the President’s goal,” Jennings said.

Visit www.osdfshigheredconference.com for detailed information on the national meeting and a complete list of speakers and plenary sessions.

Note: Meetings taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 20, are for grant recipients only.


Event 1
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
William Modzeleski, associate assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
R. Gil Kerlikowske, director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Laurie Robinson, assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice
What : National meeting on alcohol and drug abuse, and violence prevention in higher education
When : Oct. 18-19, 2010
Where : Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
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