Project REAL accomplishments

BASICS (Indicated Level of Intervention)

  • Residence hall professional staff (& judicial officers) have received information explaining the theory and research behind the BASICS program
  • Over 75 student RAs and RDs received training on BASICS program
  • Training received by over 10 student life professionals
  • 55 sanctioned students completed assessment and two phase BASICS program in group format (with over 160 referrals in system)
  • Modified curriculum and measurement system to better understand how to best include the faith based aspect of project
  • Developed faith based measurement tools that are appropriate and tailored to the Gonzaga student body
  • Trainer established close working relationship and systems of involvement with counseling center, health center, substance abuse counselor and residence life departments

Pathways Freshmen Project (SelectedLevel of Intervention)

  • Successful pilot project completed in 27 Pathway 2003 classes (1 probation class)
  • Successful delivery of new script (with faith-based and mission oriented ideas tailored to GU student body) in 13 Pathway 2004 classes (plus 12 control groups)
  • Select participating Pathways professors have studied the social norms research and have in-depth knowledge as evidenced by evaluation reports
  • Artistic student based integration of party scene (from the GU theater production of Pippin) as talking point for presentation has been re-created, filmed and edited and utilized in Pathways 2004
  • Curriculum Integrator maintained strong connection with student academic services department (who oversee Pathways program, early warning system and students on academic probation) as well as potential faculty contacts who will begin to integrate alcohol prevention and education into their curriculum

Campus Wide Marketing (Universal Level of Intervention)

  • Photos for poster campaign chosen, taken, and matched with slogans and 6 themes
  • Successful Distribution of CORE Survey
  • First, second and third phase poster in action
  • Presentations by Dr. Berkowitz and Dr. Kilmer at campus-wide meetings have engaged university community broadly in discussion of alcohol issues and needs assessments
  • Researched social norms connection between protective behaviors, building social capital, other health issues, spirituality and social justice of social norms and decreased alcohol use
  • Over 20 Focus Groups conducted
  • Enlisted help of Gonzaga University AmeriCorps members (alcohol awareness and sexual assault prevention focus areas) to assist with education and community connections.

Unanticipated Outcomes

  • Depth of commitment, expertise and leadership of project staff, student leaders and volunteers (i.e. assistance of service-learning students)
  • Ability to utilize previously collected but not readily used University data (CSS/CIRP/DEEP) for campus-wide campaign
  • Extreme vocalization of importance of values and social justice issues by Gonzaga University students
  • Development of wellness and prevention location (OPPEN house) which bridges the gap between counseling and health services at GU in a proactive way
  • Received visits from national experts to include Don McPherson (October), Dr. Linda Langford (February/upcoming October) and Jackson Katz (April).

Project Benefits

  • Provides continued leadership in encouraging responsible alcohol use and violence prevention which links departments together who have joint responsibility for handling issues dealing with alcohol (both in theory and in practice - i.e. joint mission and location – mind, body and spirit concept)
  • Replaced diffused campus efforts of promoting responsible use of alcohol with a single research-based social norms multi-tiered approach
  • Enabled Gonzaga University the capability of using best practices with key experts to lead project direction which guarantees that tools and materials used are proven scientifically effective
  • Brought Gonzaga University efforts into the realm of utilizing and benefiting from the larger field of research and practice in promoting the responsible use of alcohol and violence prevention
  • Allowed Gonzaga University to implement a systematic effort to evaluate program effectiveness (CORE survey, GU supplemental survey, Washington Statewide Assessment (WASTA), NCHA study (funded by DASA), CIRP/CSS data analysis/DEEP study
  • Provided consistent and effective training for staff who intervene in discipline cases
  • Designed replicable approach to tailor alcohol interventions to the specific social and cultural characteristics of the Gonzaga University Campus
  • Established ongoing relationship with consultants Mary Larimer, Ph.D., Jason Kilmer, Ph.D., Pat Fabiano, Ph.D., Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D. and Jeanne Far, Ph.D.
  • Began alcohol education integration into academic course-work
  • Integrated project efforts into new planning process of working with GonzagaUniversity parents, through interactive parent database, orientation exposure, Fall Family weekend and Dawgs After Dark late night alcohol free event.
  • Strengthened linkages with appropriate agencies (Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council's community mobilization taskforce) and other community organizations
  • Provided support for positive choice living and promoted healthy choices and alternatives to alcohol by linkage and support for Dawgs After Dark late night programming option by collaboration with Residence Life and Athletics.
  • Worked in partnership with Logan neighborhood on building more positive student – neighborhood community relationships.