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Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Carolina Community Coalition

United to nurture a safe environment on our campus, our members work together to identify strategies to reduce high risk behavior and promote a healthy campus and community.

With heightened safety measures, the Coalition continues to collaborate to build a safe, healthy learning environment. Meetings are being held virtually, please register to participate.

Collegiate Community Forum

October 18th at 6pm

This event brought together students from all four Columbia campuses along with law enforcement and Five Points leaders to discuss students’ experiences in Five Points and their ideas for improving the district. We want to broaden the conversation and focus on building a thriving, sustainable, safe Five Points. Summary notes coming soon.


Coalition Meetings

The coalition meets the first Thursday of the month during the academic year from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meetings take place online. Meetings are open to the public and all are invited, but please register for the Zoom links.

We educate our community through education, presentations and discussion, and perform assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of substance abuse prevention strategies.

February 3: Coalition Research Series: TBD

March 3: Coalition Research Series: TBD

April 7: Coalition Research Series: TBD

May 5:  End of Year summary from Student Conduct, Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations, University Police, University Health Services, SAPE and others.

September 2: Coalition Research Series: Beyond the Box: From Prison to PhD

Stanford researcher Noel Vest will share his own journey and the research on policy initiatives related to justice-system impacted students. Nothing is more effective at reducing recidivism than obtaining a college degree. Join us as we explore solutions addressing civil rights and public safety.

October 7: Coalition Research Series: The Color of Drinking: Alcohol as a Social Justice Issue

University of Wisconsin-Madison Prevention Specialist and proud alumna Reonda Washington will share the results of their Color of Drinking Study. The Color of Drinking study explores the impact of alcohol culture on students of color at a predominantly white institution. Join us for a discussion about the intersectionality of substance use, social justice, and belonging.

November 4: Coalition Research Series: The Research on Game Day: Rivalries, Alcohol, and Fan Behavior

What does the research tell us about fan behavior related to college sporting events? Health behavior social scientist Adam Barry will share the impact of opponent rankings, kickoff time, alcohol sales, and other factors on alcohol-related consequences and policy implications for university stakeholders.

December 2: Coalition Research Series: Fences, Benches and Lights: Applying CPTED at UMass

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach of crime prevention that uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments. Police officers and Student Affairs staff from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst will share their experiences, successes, and challenges applying this approach in their local community.

September 3: Hazing Prevention & Education

October 1: Student Substance Use in a Pandemic

November 5: MADD SC Court Monitoring Report, 2018-2020

December 3: Semester summary from Student Conduct, Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations, University Police, Gamecock Entertainment

February 4: UofSC's Biennial Review 2020

March 4: Coalition Research Series: Minimum Unit Pricing with Dr. Tim Stockwell

April 1: Coalition Research Series: Predatory Drugs with Dr. Demi Garvin 

May 6: Semester summary from Student Conduct, Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations, University Police, Gamecock Entertainment

Workgroups and Committees

The coalition structure includes workgroups in place of larger subcommittees. We welcome new ideas and input. If you are interested in working on a specific topic or issue, please email Aimee Hourigan, Director of SAPE, at or call 803-777-3933.


The steering committee meets on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m, using a hybrid format.

Fall 2021 Dates

  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16


  • Steven Burritt
  • Courtney Buzan
  • Rebecca Caldwell
  • Julian Capel
  • Anna Edwards
  • Eric Grabski
  • Maureen Grewe
  • Jasmine Gunn
  • Aimee Hourigan
  • Christina Jackson
  • Carli Mercer
  • Marc Shook
  • Shannon Nix
  • Marguerite O’Brien
  • Nikki Prudé

Goal: Gather feedback and information about the student experience related to designated topics. 

Leader: Aimee Hourigan

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

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