Lawrence Vikings: Champions of Change Program (2017-2020)
Lawrence University was one of 13 institutions awarded a NCAA CHOICES alcohol education grant in May 2017. The NCAA awarded Lawrence $30,000 over a three-year period (August 2017 - August 2020). The purpose of the program covers three main areas -- to engage students in learning about the current culture of alcohol use on the Lawrence campus, to develop and implement alcohol-free programming and to encourage responsible alcohol use. The target audience will include Lawrence student-athletes, and the secondary audience will include all students, athletics coaches and Student Life staff. The program has five goals:
- The program's first goal is to establish, train and sustain a group of student-athlete leaders, who will be trained to provide peer mentoring and take the lead on alcohol abuse prevention efforts geared toward all students at Lawrence. This group will be called the Champions of Change Council.
- The second goal is to conduct a review of existing and current data to educate Lawrence students and staff about the current culture of alcohol use on campus as well as best practices to deter continuation of this culture.
- A third goal is to implement training for students and staff on alcohol abuse. They will be able to apply what they have learned to implement comprehensive alcohol-abuse prevention strategies on the Lawrence campus.
- The fourth goal is to utilize a social norms campaign to raise awareness about perceived alcohol-related behavior on campus compared to actual alcohol behavior patterns.
- The fifth goal is to develop and implement alcohol-free programming events for Lawrence students to prevent high-risk alcohol use.