Funding from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Help Create Peer Education Team

A grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will help Ursinus develop new programming to raise awareness of alcohol consumption and abuse and also create a student-led peer education team this academic year.

The $39,845 allotted to Ursinus is part of an overall $2.7 million disbursed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to 84 different community organizations, schools, non-profit organizations, police departments and municipalities.

“This funding is very significant for Ursinus and we’re excited to bring a peer education program to campus this year,” says Katie Bean, director of prevention and advocacy. “There is value in peer-to-peer education, and it will allow students to share knowledge with each other and learn from each other.”

The six students selected for the peer education program will undergo national certification training and will commit five hours each week to create and implement efforts to increase the amount of and effectiveness of educational programs for students while also showcasing positive social norms, Bean says.

Bean also says that under her guidance, the peer educators will collect data on student alcohol behaviors and perceptions, including negative outcomes and harm reduction strategies. The survey will serve as a baseline to measure the effectiveness of the college’s efforts and will be used to create a campus-wide social norms campaign.