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Dean of Students office receives grant for substance misuse education

The Office of the Dean of Students will receive a $40,000 grant from the Idaho Office of Drug Policy to provide substance misuse prevention services. Assistant Dean of Students, Kate Law, and Student Conduct Process Coordinator, Jillian Krulac submitted the grant application. The funding will be used to initiate alcohol and drug prevention education on campus. The program seeks to decrease student alcohol consumption through a diverse and culturally competent array of initiatives geared towards residential first-year students.

In a coordinated effort to address substance misuse on campus, the Office of the Dean of Students will create and facilitate a substance misuse advisory committee, Project Healthy Campus, with the aim to create a cooperative of campus stakeholders which will address changing student needs and behavior. As a committee, they will proactively work to consider different facets of campus identity and communications (e.g., University mission, strategic plan, existing research on alcohol and drug misuse in college campuses, etc.) to create high-impact practices that enhance awareness and student learning at the institution.

The grant award continues collaborations between Boise State and the State of Idaho, with employees from across campus already serving on the newly reinvigorated Idaho College Health Coalition, comprised of higher education leaders across the state. The coalition’s goal is to reduce substance misuse throughout Idaho through a coordinated approach across multiple educational institutions, with the hope of supporting and creating safe environments for all college students in the state.