Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, and David Craig, professor of chemistry, have been working with the NCAA and eight Division III schools across the country to implement social norms programs promoting the health and well-being of student-athletes.
The program called STARR (Student Athletes Taking Responsible Roles) was featured in the latest issue of The Peer Educator (November, 2002) published by the Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network. The program was modeled after a similar program (Most Valuable Players) instituted at HWS that collects data using Web-based surveys of student-athletes and reports results in print and electronic media communications developed by Perkins and Craig.
Perkins, Craig, and David Diana, director of alcohol and other drug programs, provided a workshop about the Most Valuable Players initiative and its evidence of initial success at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Meeting on Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education in Seattle in November.
At the same meeting Perkins was invited to give an address on “Social Norms Programs for Substance Abuse Prevention: Current Issues and Future Challenges.”