Today, UAM announced its participation in the Arkansas statewide Substance Abuse Awareness Week Activities (Save AR Students). Save AR Students is an awareness campaign directed towards education and prevention of substance abuse throughout public institutions of higher education in the State of Arkansas. With support and guidance from the Division of Student Engagement, UAM’s efforts are being led by the Student Activities Board (SAB).
Ms. Tessah West, President of the SAB said, “Being able to see this event grow into such a big movement across the state has been amazing. So many other people and I have been working so hard to make sure that UAM has every ounce of information on opioid and substance prevention. We want to make sure our students, here at UAM, are aware and know their options in prevention and recovery from any substance abuse. I can’t wait to see the impact this week has on our campus.”
UAM’s activities begin on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 9:00 am in conjunction with the state-wide Save AR Students Kickoff Event at the State Capital. Speakers will include Student Government Association Presidents from across the state, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane.
UAM’s flagship event is a Round Table Discussion. The Round Table will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the Fine Arts Center. It starts with a networking reception at 5:30 pm in Spencer Gallery with a panel discussion to follow at 6:00 pm. Attorney Cliff Gibson, U of A System Board of Trustee member, will give the keynote address. Panelists include UAM Police Chief John Kidwell, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership CEO Mellie Bridewell and Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane. The panel will be moderated by Daniel Bergeron, UAM Mental Health Counselor. A list of the full week’s activities is attached. All events are open to the entire UAM family and the Southeast Arkansas community.
UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Hughes said “I am happy to see our student leaders work closely with UAM faculty and staff to make sure we have a substantial opportunity to address substance abuse, and particularly the opioid crisis. We need to take every opportunity to address it on and off our campus. Talking about it openly and honestly is the only way to make progress on the problem.”
U of A Trustee Mr. Cliff Gibson said, “Any awareness we can bring to the opioid epidemic is important because there is too much at stake to stick our heads in the sand on this one. I am happy to take part in the roundtable and to discuss what I have seen as a practicing attorney, and the devastating effects substance abuse has on families in our area.”
The event flyer is attached. Please feel free to post it on any social media outlet.