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WVU to host 2017 Governor’s Summit on Alcohol and Other Drugs in Higher Education

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Who: West Virginia Collegiate Initiative to Address High Risk Alcohol Use 

What:  2017 Governor’s Summit on Alcohol and Other Drugs in Higher Education 

Where: WVU Erickson Alumni Center 

When: Monday, April 24, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Why: West Virginia University and President Gordon Gee will welcome more than 250 people from across West Virginia to campus for the Governor’s Summit on Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Higher Education. The Summit is an opportunity for professionals in various fields to learn more about a wide range of issues related to alcohol and other drugs, and will draw higher education professionals, local and state policy makers, state agency employees, and mental health practitioners. 

Topics covered in the morning and afternoon concurrent sessions include mental health, identifying at-risk behaviors, the neurobiology of trauma in sexual assault cases, and health disparities among LGBTQ+ populations, among other relevant topics for institutions of higher education. 

President Gee has invited college and university presidents from all over the state to participate in the signing of the Presidential Pact. The Presidential Pact will affirm college and university presidents’ commitment to addressing the issue of alcohol and other drugs on their campuses and in their communities. This Pact, serves to strengthen the resolve of campus leaders in their collective efforts to create healthy campus communities in which students can thrive. 

The Summit is being held by the WV Collegiate Initiative to Address High Risk Alcohol Use and is sponsored by the WV Governor’s Highway Safety Program, WV Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, and the WV DHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities with additional support from the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of WV. 

For more information on the Summit, including the agenda, visit



Contact: Wesley Thomas, WELLWVU

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