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Jennifer Michael HechtSuicide and Hope for Our Future Selves

Part of the First Mondays Series Monday, February 16 at 11:15 am in Armstrong Theatre

Author Jennifer Michael Hecht constructs a secular argument against suicide by examining the history and philosophy that surround it.  Her book, Stay:  A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, has been hailed as “rigorous and deeply rewarding,” and “an anchor for those struggling to find meaning.”  She explores community impact and ethics, while also offering hope and reasons to stay alive to those who might see suicide as a tempting choice. 

Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Wellness Resource Center and the Chaplains’ Office.

Campus Clarity Program Teaches Students to 

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Drugs, alcohol, harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault — these are some of the unique challenges and responsibilities confronting young adults as they enter college life. CC is now taking even greater steps to arm students with the knowledge they need to confront tough issues through new interactive programming that enriches education and training already in place. This year’s incoming class is the first to participate in Campus Clarity: Think About It.

The program is research-based and created for students by students with the goal of providing relatable information through a convenient, video-heavy curriculum that will empower students to make informed decisions.

“As students transition to Colorado College, we have a unique opportunity to introduce them to the community while speaking candidly about the interconnectedness of alcohol, drugs, and relationships,” said Cesar Cervantes, assistant dean of students. “Campus Clarity helps us educate our students to make informed choices, communicates our expectations of community members, and does so in an engaging format that includes introductions to the many resources available on campus.”

Right now, students are in the second of three phases of an interactive journey that began more than three months ago. That’s when first year students initially began the online portion of the Campus Clarity program prior to New Student Orientation. The programming enhances on-campus educational opportunities. This semester, those included “Tigers in the Bedroom: Not Your Mama’s Sex Education;” a screening of the recovery-focused film “The Anonymous People;” “The Economics of Domestic Violence;” a dinner and a movie partnership with USAFA cadets, and programming focused specifically on sexual and relationship health, intimate partner violence, and substance use and abuse.

“Sexual assault and substance abuse are issues that we know can profoundly affect our students.  Campus Clarity provides us with a tool to reach out to our students on these topics even before they arrive on campus,” said Heather Horton, director of the Wellness Resource Center. “Additionally, we know that people learn best when they experience information in a variety of modalities and contexts. This program engages students with an interactive electronic format, complementing the in-person programs we provide for students throughout the year.”

The reporting functionality on the back end of the program serves as a valuable resource for campus leaders as they strive to develop services and programming in areas where students need it most. While the program provides specific education and peer-to-peer-focused learning, Horton and Cervantes say the entire CC community plays a role in supporting students. There are ways for faculty and staff to get involved. The Understanding Our Students professional development series through Excel@CC is designed to equip staff and faculty to better engage with students around these topics. You’re invited to attend “Off Label: the Pharmacology of Prescription Drug Abuse,” a presentation by Lori Driscoll, professor of psychology, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room. Any department may learn more about our B.A.D.A.S.S. Bystander Intervention Campaign by arranging a time with the Wellness Resource Center for an introductory workshop. Faculty and staff can participate in the Mental Health First Aid trainings offered periodically throughout the academic year. The Wellness Resource Center will also organize eight-hour trainings for any department or office.

Additionally, Cervantes and Horton were recently awarded a grant from the Colorado Coalition of Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators to support the implementation of evidence-based practices and programming on campus. As grant recipients, they will have access to training and technical assistance toward alcohol and drug prevention efforts at no cost, and will receive a stipend to assist with program implementation and travel to the CADE Annual Training.



Ongoing Projects:

Announcing The Press Project!  This collaborative, social justice-focused project was conducted in the Fall of 2012.  You can learn more about the project and see the posters created by the students by clicking on the PowerPoint below (just view in full screen and click through the slides):

The Press Project Summary

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