Composite image of school supplies on desk

Views From the Field

Views from the Field are brief articles offering federal, national, state, and local perspectives about drug misuse in higher education from across the nation.


Professor talks to student

Engaging Faculty in Supporting Student Well-Being

Jennifer Jacobsen, MA, MPH is the Executive Director of Health & Wellness at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this month's article, she shares concrete steps faculty can take to support student well-being, as well as tips on how prevention professionals can make the effort interactive and immersive for all parties.


Alcohol cups

Including Hazing Prevention in Substance Misuse Prevention Efforts

Susie Bruce, M.Ed., is Director of the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center, which works to end hazing and substance misuse among college and high school students nationwide through evidence-informed, student-tested resources. In this article, repurposed for Alcohol Awareness Month, she highlights hazing statistics, refutes misconceptions, and provides prevention professionals with a roadmap for how to incorporate awareness of the practice into prevention programs.


Woman with Magnifying Glass

Benefits of Conducting a Biennial Review

Dr. Eric Davidson currently serves as Executive Director for Health and Counseling Services at Eastern Illinois University. In this month's article, he outlines the characteristics of a thorough and rigorous biennial review of campus substance misuse prevention programs, as well as the advantages of conducting one.


Black college graduates

For the Culture: The Role of Family, Faith, and Cultural Competence in Prevention at HBCUs in Louisiana

Dr. Allison M. Smith serves as the Assistant Commissioner for Student Health and Wellness for the Louisiana Board of Regents. For Black History Month's article, she discusses why Black students at HBCUs tend to use substances less.



The Anticipation Builds for NASPA’s Strategies Conference

Sean Fearns is the Chief and Rich Lucey is the Senior Prevention Program Manager in DEA's Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. In this month's article, Sean and Rich provide an overview of sessions at the NASPA Strategies Conference (January 17-20) where you can interact with DEA staff and/or see their resources.


Student talks with counselor

Strategies, Structure, and Support: SHIFTing the Narrative to Create a Health-Promoting Campus

Santee Ezell is the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness at Mississippi State University. In this month's article, Santee discusses how to engage with all students differently but equally to create healthier structures, develop strategies inside and outside of the classroom, and support the well-being of the campus.


Drugs and Alcohol

Beyond CollegeAIM: Lessons Learned in Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

This month’s View from the Field is written by Dr. Jessica Cronce (University of Oregon), Dr. Jason Kilmer (University of Washington), and Dr. Toben Nelson (University of Minnesota). In the article, they discuss observations or “lessons learned” in alcohol or other drug misuse prevention about policy, prevention, or intervention efforts and suggestions for campuses in their strategic planning.


Recovery circle

The Impact of Stigma on Efforts to Reduce Substance Use

Ryan Doyle, CPS, is the Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Prevention Strategy Specialist at Iowa State University. In this month's article, Ryan explains how campus prevention professionals can collaborate with recovery experts, as well as how this can be aided simply by the language we use.


Students and Pride flag

Creating a Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education Settings

Cara Fresquez, Megan McCarthy, and Mikhaela McFarlin are doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology program at the University at Albany, State University of New York. In this month's article, they outline four key strategies to designing drug use prevention services that are supportive and welcoming for LGBTQ+ students.


Professionals talk with college students - Coming Attractions!

Rich Lucey is a senior prevention program manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. In this month's article, Rich highlights new initiatives of DEA's Campus Drug Prevention, including a weekly webinar series on professional competencies, new Prevention with Purpose publications, and the One Pill Can Kill awareness campaign.