April 11, 2018

Criminal Victimization of International Students Report
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Criminal Victimization of International Students: Findings From a Critical Issues Forum

The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is pleased to announce the latest report from our series of critical issues forums,
Criminal Victimization of International Students: A National Conversation on Effective Prevention Practices (PDF). On May 23, 2017, the NCCPS convened a daylong forum at Wichita State University to facilitate thoughtful conversations about preventing criminal victimization of international students attending U.S. institutions of higher education. Participants represented campuses across the country and included university and college chiefs of police and international student administrators. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security also participated in the conversations, giving guidance on resources, funding, and training available at a federal level.

Forum participants agreed that while reducing criminal victimization of international students is a top priority, several unique challenges are keeping more effective prevention practices from taking root on campuses across the country. They recognized that many of these challenges could be overcome by increasing engagement with international students, improving coordination between officials on and off campus, and by deploying more proactive measures to address fundamental environmental conditions that may lead to an elevated risk of victimization.

In the course of the forum, participants identified five potential practices for U.S. campuses to consider while developing or enhancing their own victimization prevention strategies:
  • Build partnerships on and off campus
  • Increase engagement and training
  • Collect detailed, nationwide data on victimization
  • Pool resources for effective multilingual communications
  • Use social media platforms popular with students
It is important to note that while participants focused on the five areas above, they recognized that international students could be victimized despite all best efforts to reduce risk. They acknowledged the need to not only focus on victim risk reduction, but to also tackle the environmental and cultural factors that allow for victimization in the first place. To help alleviate the overall conditions that can increase victimization risk, participants suggested more educational efforts with the entire campus community and strong partnerships with community stakeholders off campus.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. The 2018 theme -----Changing Attitudes: It's not a 'rite of passage' -----is designed to draw attention to the opportunities individuals, families, campuses, and communities have to educate young people on the dangers of alcohol use. Society sometimes thinks of underage drinking as a "rite of passage." This year's theme calls upon people to change this attitude and take an active role in learning about alcohol and drugs and help young people do the same.
"Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people," says Andrew Pucher, president and CEO of NCADD, "and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it." Research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use these substances than those who don't have such conversations. Parents and other influential figures can help young people learn that alcohol is not necessary for having a good time and non-use of alcohol is a healthy and viable option.
NCADD's 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness Month Organizer's Guide (PDF) is designed to aid NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month supporting organizations across the country to address underage drinking through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, educational programs, and local events. In addition to the resources found in this guide, colleges and universities looking to promote this national awareness month can find sample tweets, a web badge, and ways to get involved at healthfinder.gov.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produce a monthly report called  Vital Signs. Each issue covers an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Since the series began, six reports have covered the topic of alcohol, including binge drinking and alcohol poisoning. Visit the  Vital Signs Alcohol web page to access these reports or sign up to receive this publication.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services
Organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Massachusetts General Hospital's Recovery Research Institute
Dates and Topics:
  • April 26, 2018 at 2:00PM ET: Why addiction is a 'disease' and why it's important
  • May 22, 2018 at 2:00PM ET: Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings
  • June 19, 2018 at 2:00PM ET: A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: When Hate Comes to Campus
Organizations: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Date: April 30, 2018
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Fee: Free
Title: Preventing Crime in the Black Community
Organizations: Florida Consortium of Urban League Affiliates, Derrick Brooks Charities, and Office of the Attorney General
Dates: May 30 - June 1, 2018
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fee: Registration fee
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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