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Annual Research Summit
June 16 & 17 - Gaylord National Harbor Hotel
(National Harbor, MD)

ARS is EverFi's forum for discussing sexual assault, alcohol and other drug prevention, and other critical student wellness issues, with campus practitioners, and administrative leaders.

Professional Development Institute
June 14 & 15 - EverFi Offices
(Georgetown, DC)

Offered as a pre-conference experience, the Professional Development Institute is a leadership development program for administrators working to address a range of wellness issues on campus.

For over 20 years Professor Freyd and her students have investigated the impact of betrayal trauma (such as abuse perpetrated by a trusted other) on victims, discovering in the process that interpersonal betrayal is particularly toxic to both the physical and mental health of individuals.  More recently Freyd and her students have conducted empirical research on the impact institutional betrayal has on individuals within institutions, with a focus on institutional response to military and campus sexual assault.  The research indicates that institutional betrayal can exacerbate the harm of sexual trauma.  For instance, sexually-assaulted students who were treated poorly by their institutions show significantly greater levels of distress and physical health problems.  Freyd’s research reveals areas of institutional policy and practice that should be targeted for improvement so that both individuals and institutions will be healthier.

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Freyd, PhD
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Keynote Speaker - John Clapp, PhD
Dr. John Clapp is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. He is also the director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery located at OSU. Dr. Clapp has published over 100 journal articles with his work appearing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence among numerous other top research journals. He has been awarded over $32 million in grants and contracts (NIAAA, NIDA, U.S. Department of Education, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation) and has been Principal Investigator on over 20 funded projects.
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Presentation Sessions 

Preventing “Institutional Betrayal”: Emerging Research on How Campus Sexual Assault and Harassment Policies and Practice Can Help or Harm Students
Jennifer Freyd, PhD, University of Oregon

For over 20 years Professor Freyd and her students have investigated the impact of betrayal trauma (such as abuse perpetrated by a trusted other) on victims, discovering in the process that interpersonal betrayal is particularly toxic to both the physical and mental health of individuals. More recently Freyd and her students have conducted empirical research on the dependence of individuals on institutions, with a focus on institutional response to military and campus sexual assault. The research indicates that institutional betrayal can exacerbate the harm of sexual trauma. For instance, sexual assault and sexual harassment survivors who were treated poorly by their institutions show significantly greater levels of distress, physical health problems, and academic disengagement. Freyd’s research reveals areas of institutional policy and practice that should be targeted for improvement so that both individuals and institutions will be healthier.  

From the Top-Down to the Bottom-Up: Institutionalizing Effective Prevention
Rob Buelow, EverFi

Effective prevention efforts rely on system-wide commitment, infrastructure, appropriate staffing, and adequate funding. However, these foundational elements are often insufficient for supporting best practices for prevention. This session will provide insights on current institutionalization efforts across multiple domains, with models, frameworks, and strategies for garnering more buy-in and resources for prevention.  

Personal Wellness Mini-Series: A Mindful Minute
Zabie Yamasaki, UCLA

Research on mindfulness suggests that meditation builds resilience, boosts emotional intelligence, enhances creativity, improves your relationships, and helps you focus. Not to mention, you deserve to give yourself a few moments each and every day to restore, rejuvenate, and re-focus on your never-ending to-do list. We rarely gives ourselves these mindful minutes throughout our day and instead we often times work harder, eat lunch at our desks, and push our bodies beyond their limits. This session will lead attendees through a few mindfulness exercises that you can practice at your desk, while you go for a walk around campus, or even at the beginning and end of each day.  

Critical Processes: Translating Research and Resources into Effective Prevention Practice
Lauren Wooley, EverFi

Critical processes, when well supported by the institution or organization, are the engine that powers prevention programming and policy efforts. Processes that are critical to prevention efforts include collecting and relying upon data to inform strategic planning and prevention efforts, as well as evaluation efforts. The role that students play in prevention efforts is another key domain of critical processes. The final component of this presentation will focus on the skills needed for prevention professionals to lead their institution or organization on prevention issues.  

Personal Wellness Mini-Series: The Power of Pauses
Zabie Yamasaki, UCLA

The quote "Your energy introduces you before you even speak” is a powerful reminder of the stress we can carry with us when we run frantically from one meeting, presentation, or engagement to the next. Restorative pauses and thoughtful transitions throughout your day between meetings are critical. If you don't discharge that stress, it follows you and impacts your interactions with others and the way you treat yourself. And remember, silence is really good for your brain! It relieves stress and tension, replenishes mental resources, and reintegrates our brain cells. This session will remind us of the power of taking restorative pauses, including an experiential activity of practicing being fully present in your body.    

Prescription Drug Misuse: What Administrators Need to Know About “Study Drugs”
Lauren Wooley, EverFi

While the majority of students believe misusing prescription stimulants is unethical, 17% of students have taken ADHD medication that was not prescribed to them and many incorrectly believe that the drug can help improve their academic performance. Students report stress as the second largest problem they face while attending school and often feel immense pressure to succeed. In order to reduce prescription drug misuse, key stakeholders on this issue must work together to shift the student mindset away from looking for a quick fixes and create a culture that values wellness and academic preparedness.        

From the Ground-Up: Building a 4-Year Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Experience for Undergraduate Students
Amanda Childress, Dartmouth College and Reese Kelly, Dartmouth College

In the wake of federal guidance and the rise in media attention around sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment on college campuses, institutions of higher education are beginning to think about comprehensive approaches to preventing sexual violence. This session will present an overview, from the ground up, as Dartmouth develops a 4-year comprehensive and mandatory sexual violence prevention experience for all undergraduate students. We will give background on how we garnered institutional buy-in and provide an in-depth look at our working groups’ critical process in creating and using a logic model, identifying behavioral outcomes, and developing a framework. We will conclude with a brief look at the beginning phases of our strategic plan for implementation which includes developing a communication strategy, accountability measures, curricular infusion, and assessment. 

Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness on Campus: Crossing Cultures and Sharing Goals
Paula Swinford, University of Southern California

Everyone on campus wants to reduce liability for the institution and enhance the student experience, but prevention, health promotion, and wellness are not synonymous. Healthy Campus 2020 Outcomes or a National Safety Council Safe Community Designation may not be everyone’s goal. While bio-medical status may be objective, health is culturally defined and highly subjective, so how do we cross the cultures of different disciplines to explore narratives, exchange language, and create well-being in person, place, and planet? This session will ask participants to consider one narrative, apply it to a professional reference point, and begin to build a collective appreciation of alliances and tensions. 

Making the Case for a Campus AOD Czar: Implementing the ONDCP National Drug Control Strategy
Tom Hall, University of Central Florida

The ONDCP National Drug Control Strategy includes the expansion of national and community-based programs that will reach young people on college campuses with tailored information to help them make healthy decisions about their future. Strategic intervention across multiple campus stakeholders is required in order to implement the three critical components of the plan. Following an overview of the ONDCP plan within the context of evidence-based approaches to prevent underage and excessive drinking, the presenter will facilitate discussion in an effort to answer the following: Who is the person or office responsible for coordinating comprehensive university substance abuse prevention strategies? Does the person or office responsible have leverage to consult across campus bureaucratic processes? What department is the best fit for a campus AOD Czar? What “positional” power does the AOD Czar need to possess?  

Elevating Wellness and Safety Efforts in the Fraternity and Sorority Community: A Panel Discussion
William Frankenberger, Delta Zeta Sorority; Amy Kiger, University of Central Missouri; Paul J. McLoughlin II, PhD, Lafayette College; and Kimberly Novak, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

This panel discussion brings together leaders and innovators from Higher Education and National Fraternities and Sororities to share new ideas and promising practices for promoting wellness and safety within the Greek community. Panelists will be addressing critical challenges and noteworthy success in this work, as well as collaborative considerations and opportunities for campuses and National Organizations. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion through open Q&A. 

From Research-Informed to Evidence-Based: Tracing the Path of the Development of an Effective Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Program
Holly Rider-Milkovich, University of Michigan

Many of us are committed to developing and delivering evidence-based prevention programming and have been frustrated by the paucity of evidence available on what works in preventing college sexual assault.  This session will describe the process, from program development to program outcomes publication, for developing and delivering (and evaluating!) a universal primary prevention sexual assault and relationship violence workshop (Relationship Remix) delivered annually to 6,000+ first year students at the University of Michigan. This session will outline the program components and evaluation methodology and will preview the results of an analysis of the program's effectiveness (publication forthcoming).       

Moving the Needle: Institutionalizing Science-Based Alcohol Prevention Programs and Policies
John Clapp, PhD, The Ohio State University

This talk will address the challenges to institutionalization of science-based prevention programs and policies at colleges and universities. Current trends in science and the structuring of alcohol prevention programs in the context of higher education will be discussed. Dr. Clapp will identify critical processes to help overcome the challenges we face to implement and sustain science-based interventions.    Effectively Leveraging Campus Policies to Create a Culture of Values and Accountability Kimberley Timpf, EverFi An important facet of a Public Health approach to prevention is an emphasis on policies to effectively deter behaviors that negatively impact students’ ability to be successful at college and beyond. This session will present considerations for the development and implementation of policies that will best support and protect our students, whether it be from the environmental impact of high-risk drinking or the devastating effects of sexual violence. Resources to help guide the design of policies focused on preventing alcohol abuse and sexual violence will be provided and attendees will be encouraged to think about the processes currently in place at their institutions and whether or not they help or hinder the ability to create policies that will have lasting impact.   

Personal Wellness Mini-Series: Understanding “Body Language”
Zabie Yamasaki, UCLA

Trauma-informed yoga teaches us to soften and not push our bodies beyond their limit and rather focus on finding ease and comfort in each posture. This allows us the time and space to connect to what feels most authentic in our bodies. We must apply this same mindset to  our everyday lives and work. This means connecting to our own physiological responses of pushing ourselves beyond our limits. This lets us know when it is time to step back from the work and tend to our own needs, in order to come back fully engaged and with a renewed sense of purpose. This 15-minute trauma-informed yoga class can be practiced seated or standing and will remind attendees of the power of intention, boundary setting, and self-care.     

The Process of Programming: Exploring Best Practices for Effective Prevention Programs
Erin McClintock, EverFi

When we conceptualize prevention, it is often through the lens of our programs. This session will explore the multiple facets of effective programming within the frameworks of a comprehensive planning process. Recommendations from literature, insights from EverFi’s diagnostic inventories, and case studies from the field will provide participants with an opportunity to explore best practices and considerations for maximizing time and efficiency in programmatic efforts as part of their ongoing prevention strategy.  

Personal Wellness Mini-Series: Step Away From the Screen
Zabie Yamasaki, UCLA

Sometimes, it feels impossible to step away from our screens. This series of exercises will give you just the energy boost you need as the midday stress starts to build. You can practice these yoga postures and stretches right at your desk and then approach your work with new focus and higher levels of productivity.  I promise, your email will still be there when you’re done.  

Evaluating the Impact of Universal Sexual Assault Prevention Education
Alan Berkowitz, PhD, EverFi Dan Zapp, PhD, EverFi

With the broadening legislative landscape around sexual assault and increased oversight of the Department of Education, sexual assault prevention is often an exercise of “checking the box” of compliance mandates rather than a strategic process based on research and data. This need not be the case, as a commitment to prevention best practice can both meet and exceed compliance. In order for this to occur, more research is needed to identify the specific prevention modalities that are effective so that these can be implemented with an eye to compliance. This session addresses this need by reporting on detailed analyses of attitudinal and behavioral data collected through Haven, offering suggestions for effective and science-based universal sexual assault prevention education. The magnitude and depth of the database provided offers new and exciting opportunities for prevention evaluation research.         

Comprehensively Assessing Your Institution's Wellness Efforts - A Roundtable Discussion
Erin McClintock, EverFi

The concept of “wellness” is part of a widely varied and ongoing conversation amongst college prevention professionals. Using insights from literature and the experiences and perspectives of those in the room, this session will create a space for participants to explore and discuss wellness through the lens of a comprehensive, 360° framework. We will look critically and thoughtfully at ways in which the institutional setting impacts well-being; explore how policies can drive or support wellness efforts; seek understanding of the role of critical processes in wellness initiatives; and discuss the ways in which strategic programming can support community wellbeing.   

Debunking the Myths of Marijuana
Sion Harris, PhD, CPH, Harvard Medical School

This presentation will report on the latest national and state data on youth and marijuana use, and related risks, explain the latest science on the effects of marijuana use on the adolescent/young adult brain and health, and describe evidence-based screening and brief intervention tools for addressing problematic marijuana use among adolescents and young adults.  

Changing The Narrative to Build Capacity and Support for Collegiate Recovery
Kimberley Timpf, EverFi

The number of collegiate recovery communities and programs has risen dramatically in the past ten years, driven in part by the increasing availability of government and private funding sources. A rush to “strike while the iron is hot” in order to take advantage of these available resources has led some campuses to create programs seemingly overnight and with limited thought given to what is needed in order for such efforts to succeed on a given campus. Also, as prolific as these programs appear to be, a majority of schools whose students could benefit from recovery-oriented services have been unsuccessful in making a case for such programs, often due to the stigma that remains attached to recovery. This session will consider opportunities to change the narrative, providing important context for those who are currently planning or thinking about developing collegiate recovery initiatives. Recommendations will be provided for ways to create and sustain programs that enable students in recovery to pursue their academic goals in an environment that supports, rather than challenges, their sobriety.       

EverFi: Higher Ed and Beyond
Tammy Wincup, COO, EverFi

You might be familiar with Haven, but have you heard about EverFi’s new healthy relationship and character development program for middle school students? We are proud to partner with over 800 colleges and universities, but did you know that EverFi addresses a range of wellness and critical skill topics in over 12,000 K-12 schools and hundreds of leading organizations and financial institutions across the country? We encourage you to join members of our team in this session as we tell the EverFi story, highlighting our work with learners of all ages and honing in on our leading platform of online education programs and comprehensive advisory services for Higher Ed institutions and national fraternities and sororities. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the many ways EverFi supports colleges and universities, and some interesting new perspectives on who we are outside of Higher Ed.  

A Positive Approach to Sexual Violence Prevention: Consent and Sexual Communication Education
Sara Yzaguirre, American University and Pritma Irizarry, American University 

Sexual violence prevention efforts typically emphasize awareness, risk reduction, and bystander intervention. Empower AU is a new peer-led workshop that both employs proven methods of prevention (bystander intervention) and engages students in critical conversations around consent, boundary identification, and communication skills. This session will include an overview of the Empower AU curriculum, a review of the research base for the program, guidance on program development, and highlights from our post-test survey.                    


Working with Data and Making Data Work for You
Dan Zapp, PhD, EverFi; Meg Moyer, Everfi; and Nicole Cavallaro, EverFi

Having access to data is only the first step in leveraging that resource to drive development on your campus. This workshop is designed to help those with little to no experience in working with raw data in Excel to gather insights and visualize their findings. During the first hour, participants will learn how to download raw data from EverFi, then manipulate and analyze these data to glean insights and answer specific questions. In the second hour, the focus will shift from working with data to interpreting findings and displaying them for presentation. Presenters will provide instruction and sample data for analysis, but participation will require a personal computer with Microsoft Excel. 

From Inputs to Impact: Effectively Executing a Strategic Plan
Bill Dejong, PhD, EverFi and Rob Buelow, EverFi

Effective prevention is the result of a comprehensive and ongoing process, yet prevention efforts are often approached almost exclusively through the lens of programming. Many well-intended prevention initiatives lack the rigorous intentionality necessary for making a transformative impact on issues like sexual assault and high-risk drinking. This session is focused on providing administrators and prevention professionals with critical tools and skills to more effectively lead the strategic planning process. Throughout the workshop, participants will work together through a model framework they can replicate at their school or organization to ensure that prevention initiatives are optimized for individual and institutional impact.


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