NACURH Winner
Month: October 2017

NACURH, INC.

Educational Program of the Month
Donut Party 2 Hardy

School: University of California, San Diego Region: PACURH
Person in charge: Nicoletta Skaggs Nominator: Patrick Hu

Target Population: 100 Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 109 Date(s) of Program: 10/6/2017
Number of People Needed to Organize: 10 Cost of Program: $133
On-Campus Population: 10700 Chapter Size: 47

Origin of Program:

At the University of California San Diego (UCSD), there are seven different Residential Areas, one of them being Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC). Each ERC RAs, are tasked with planning and executing multiple programs during the quarter. The Residential Hall RAs decided to collaborate for a Area-Wide educational event that would emphasize the importance of civil obligation, personal responsibility and safe behavior, all of which are core values to the RAs. Since the main audience were first-year residents, Donut Party 2 Hardy was designed as an introduction to college campus culture and providing responsible and safe ways to party. The RAs wanted to have this event early in the quarter since many sexual assaults, and alcohol/substance related hospitalization occur during the beginning of the school year. This way the RAs could be proactive and present residents with much needed information. Rather than discouraging residents from partying all together, Dount Party 2 Hardy strived to educate residents on how to take precautionary steps and provided residents with tools that they can use if they decide to party.

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Please give a short description of the program:

For the event, there was an activity at each Residential Halls:

North America Hall-This station collaborated with the Student Health Advocates(SHA), who gave a presentation about the types of STI/STD preventative techniques and gave away condoms, lube, and dental dams for safe sex. They had an activity where students matched the item went with the type of sex (ex: "oral sex" and dental dams).

Latin America Hall-Safe Drinking: This station informed residents about “standard alcohol limits” in order to know how much was excessive. The students were instructed to pour how much they believed 1 standard drink was into a red Solo cup. There were 3 different cups to represent the following: wine, hard liquor, and beer. They also learned about the signs when someone has alcohol poisoning and the procedures to help and were given other resources to educate them about safe drinking such as using the Triton Safe Rides, which provides free nighttime shuttling services.

Europe Hall-Responsible Action Protocol(R.A.P) : This station collaborated with the UCSD Office of Student Conduct with providing information on the R.A.P, a protocol for students to enact when they need medical attention in the event that they or someone they know over consumes alcohol or other controlled substances. The RAs for the station used the information from the Office of Student Conduct to create a poster board with popular Rap Artists explaining R.A.P. After the residents finished all the stations, they would come to this station to get their Krispy Kreme donut.

Asia Hall- Sexual Assault and Bystander Intervention: This station reached out to CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center(SARC) to have a representative, Hannah, come and set up a table with informational flyers and stickers. She talked to residents about the purpose of the resource center and what they should do if that face an incident of sexual assault. She also taught residents about the bystander intervention program IDEAS and the definition of consent.

Africa Hall- Myth Busting Substances: The station focused on a game orientated activity that had the residents go through statements related to partying and substance use and guess whether they were true or false. If a statement was false, they would read the truth about that statement and learn from it. After the activity, they were given pamphlets for more information about the myths of partying in college.

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Goals of the program:

The purpose of this event was to be a preemptive effort to educate and bring awareness about partying culture so that residents are equipped with the right tools and information if they choose to participate in parties. To better engage residents, the RAs made the event multi faceted and interactive. The main goal was to build a stronger relationship with and between the residents by encouraging safe behavior and personal responsibility if they decided to partake in parties. To the RAs, it was important to establish this early on to avoid potential incidents that could threaten the safety of the community. The RAs presented themselves as a resource for the residents so that they would be more willing to reach out and trust them for future issues. The RAs also wanted to include all of the Residential Halls so that residents can meet their peers beyond their own building. Additionally, by having the resource centers send representatives to the Residential halls, the RAs helped residents familiarize themselves with the resource centers, thereby creating a strong connection, that would make the residents more comfortable going to said resource centers in the event a situation would arises.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

Donut Party 2 Hardy had a significant and positive impact in the Residential Halls by providing a space where first year residents could obtain important information that will prove critical if they decide to go party. In the beginning of the event, RA Patrick Hu noted that a lot of residents were ready and engaged at each station, with many of the asking “What’s this about?” instead of an attitude of “Oh, what do I have to do to get a free donut?”. Additionally, each station had a big group of residents that were participating in the activities. At the “R.A.P” station, many residents chuckled at the puns on the poster board where Snoop Dogg said “There’s no limit to the number of times you can use R.A.P for others. But students can’t receive R.A.P protection for more than twice in 2 years”; at the “Safe Sex” station, the residents focused as RA Dante Villarinho demonstrated how to properly put a condom on a banana. In the wake of this event, there have not been alcohol/substance use incidents in the Residential Halls, which can attest to the impact of the event.

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Short evaluation of the program:

Overall, the event demonstrated residents willingness to learn and engage in discussing topics that can be a little more sensitive. In the planning process, RAs took special care to ensure that residents were given the most accurate information. The RAs sought to include resources beyond ERC. They reached out to the different offices and organizations that specialized alcohol safety, safe sex, and how to confront sexual assault. The RAs were able to get SHA representatives at the Safe Sex station and CARE at SARC represents at the Sexual Assault and Bystander Intervention Station. Unfortunately, they were not able to procure representatives from SHA for the Safe Drinking Station and representative from the Office of Student Conduct for the R.A.P Station to attend the event. However RA Patrick Hu, RA Nicoletta Skaggs, RA Sary Perdomo and RA German Partida took special care to work with these organizations to ensure that they were well informed about RAP and Safe Drinking and could accurately articulate all the important and necessary information.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

Donut Party 2 Hardy was an event that could be adopted for other campuses by reaching out to their own resource centers to collaborate with them or to provide informative literature to distribute to residents. Although the location was bigger due to the distance between the Residential Halls, others could shrink or expand it based on how big their audience is. Two weeks after Donut Party 2 Hardy, the ERC apartment RAs put up a similar program called “Hallo-weed”. They liked the idea of having campus resources present to their residents since there was an increase in policy violation among the area. Since Halloween was coming up, they took proactive steps to prevent additional incidents from happening on a night where a lot of parties happen. A different approach that the group had was to bring in Residential Security Officers (RSO) to present so they could explain their side of the story and present a more casual role in order to better connect with residents. Donut Party 2 Hardy was a successful event and served as an effective model for other programs because it’s components could be rearranged in order to create an event to best serve any community.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-11-08 00:09:37

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