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White House Releases Strategic Implementation Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism

Violent extremism is a persistent and threatening issue in the United States, and single instances can have devastating and extensive consequences. Violent extremists have many motivations and are not limited to a single population, region, or ideology. Threats continue to evolve as many utilize the internet and other technologies, specifically social media platforms, to reach a wide range of people all over the world.
To safeguard individuals in the United States against violent extremist recruitment and radicalization, it is vital to build and maintain strong and resilient local communities, including college and university campus communities.
In 2011, the United States adopted the  Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States (Strategy) and a corresponding  Strategic Implementation Plan . The overall goal of the Strategy is to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from inspiring, radicalizing, financing, or recruiting individuals or groups in the United States to commit acts of violence. Today, President Obama released the updated Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States (PDF) to respond to the current dynamics of violent extremism and reflect experiences and knowledge acquired over the last five years. The implementation plan aims to ensure that all stakeholders have the knowledge and tools they need to prevent individuals from supporting or committing an act of violence. It replaces the 2011 version.

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October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Technology plays an increasingly significant role in our daily lives, especially at universities and colleges where there are online, distance, and e-learning environments; courses employing teaching on tablets and smartphones; formal and informal learning using social media; and student, faculty, and staff information stored in databases. According to SEO.com, 93 percent of students search online rather than go to the library and 90 percent of faculty are using social media in courses they're teaching. Along with its potential to create opportunity and innovation, the use of technology brings a heightened risk to the security of our computers, networks, programs, and data.
Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity awareness, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Now in its 13th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security , the  National Cyber Security Alliance  (NCSA), and the   Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center , designed to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene. Each week in October is dedicated to a specific cybersecurity theme (PDF) and this week's theme is  Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime . Law enforcement, government, the private sector, and individual citizens all play an important role in mitigating the negative impact of cybercrime to our schools and communities. Cybercrime takes many forms and typically includes things like phishing and tech support scams, ransomware, identity theft and fraud, and corporate data breaches. This week focuses on the signs of criminal intent through technology and what individuals can do to detect and prevent cybercrime.
Several agencies and organizations participate in NCSAM and there are multiple ways for your institution to become involved and raise awareness. NCSA's resource , StaySafeOnline.org , provide s college administrators a list of things they can do, short- and long-term, to support NCSAM. NCSA also provides students and administrators in higher education with steps they can take to advance cybersecurity efforts. The FBI also has a website dedicated to NCSAM that includes simple steps for internet safety, podcasts, and details on the more prolific cyber threats out there today. 
Please visit our website for information on relevant training, resources on cybersecurity and steps for implementing sound cyber security practices. 

Learn more about NIMAA.
Is Your Institution a Member of NIMAA?
The International Association of Emergency Managers Universities and Colleges Caucus developed the National Intercollegiate Mutual Aid Agreement (NIMAA) from 2013-2015 and it was officially launched in 2015. NIMAA is a system for providing and/or receiving assistance between institutions of higher education during an emergency such as a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or tragic event. Assistance could include people, expertise, equipment, supplies, or even facilities. NIMAA membership may include both public and private institutions and can compliment other mutual aid agreements your institution may already have in place. If your college or university is interested in joining the NIMAA, please confer with your senior administration and legal counsel.  An appropriate signatory authority will need to sign and  send  the  NIMAA Agreement (PDF). Institutions must be willing to sign the agreement without any edits. Once signed and sent, your institution is instantly a member of the NIMAA.

IntegReady is hosting a webinar,  NIMAA - When Disaster Strikes, Help is Only a School Away! , on  Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:00PM ET to explain the NIMAA, how it functions, how your institution can become a member, and to answer questions.  Registration is free and currently open. If you cannot attend the webinar and are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the NIMAA, please complete this electronic form and one of the NIMAA Committee members will respond to your inquiry.

For more information on the NIMAA, access the following resources:

Substance Abuse Prevention Month
This October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an observance that began in 2011 when President Obama issued the first proclamation known as National Youth Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month. Today, advocacy organizations and federal partners work year round to educate the public, including institutions of higher education, about prevention strategies targeting the root causes of substance abuse. These strategies involve early intervention and strengthening support systems in our communities that can help deter young people from drug consumption.
According to Youth.gov, a federal website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective programs for youth age 12 to 20, millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, including underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription drugs, alcohol dependency, abuse of over-the-counter drugs, and use of illicit drugs.
The Youth.gov website contains resources for coalitions/professionals as well as individuals and is ideal for campus safety departments to share. Many of the resources are linked to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 's (SAMHSA) online store and are available at no cost. SAMHSA's website also provides visitors information on prevention of substance abuse and mental illness . Here, resources are sorted by specific populations, evidence-based and best practices, national strategies and initiatives, technical assistance, and additional external resources including state and local initiatives.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) provides a wide variety of information for friends and families of those struggling with addiction, people in recovery, general news and information about addiction, and how to get help.
Share information with your campus throughout the year by engaging with both NCADD and SAMHSA via their respective Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.

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Professional Development Opportunities
Title: Community Responses to People in Crisis
Organization:  Smart Policing Initiative
Date:  November 2, 2016 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference
Organization: NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Dates: January 19-21, 2017
Location: Austin, TX
Fee: Registration Fee
Title: Promoting Community Cybersecurity (AWR135)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Date: February 16, 2017
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Fee: Free

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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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