Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, was recently invited to present seminars on his social norms work in Tennessee and North Dakota. On April 1st and 2nd, he presented an intensive training seminar on “The Social Norms Approach to Promoting a Healthy Campus Environment” for representatives of 16 colleges and universities across the state of Tennessee. The seminar, held in Nashville and sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities and the Tennessee Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, was attended by counselors, health educators, and administrators in higher education.
On April 23, Perkins presented a day-long seminar on “The Social Norms Approach to Health Promotion and the Prevention of Youth Risk Behavior” for more than 50 representatives of community health organizations, secondary schools and colleges in the western region of North Dakota. This seminar, held in Williston, was sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota.
Perkins is a graduate of Purdue University, and he received his M.A., M. Div., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of dozens of journal articles about substance abuse prevention and has been honored with national awards for his work in preventing alcohol and drug abuse in colleges and universities. His work with Professor David Craig is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a premiere model for substance abuse prevention.