Congratulations to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD), which has been named an academic center at The Ohio State University. Ohio State’s University Senate approved the HECAOD’s proposal to be established as an official academic center in its January 21, 2016 meeting, following approval by the Council on Academic Affairs on October 21, 2015. Academic centers at the university are non-degree granting educational units engaged in research; instruction; or clinical, outreach or related service. The HECAOD serves as the premier alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery resource for colleges and universities across the nation. It is a collaboration among Ohio State’s College of Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Office of Student Life and Student Wellness Center, Generation Rx Initiative and Collegiate Recovery Community. The HECAOD is funded by a $2 million grant from The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. For more information, click here.
When MSW student Terrahl Del Taylor heard about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, he wanted to do something to help so he contacted the College of Social Work to brainstorm ideas. The result: a student-sponsored water drive running now through March 11.
Both financial and water donations are being accepted. Visit gofundme.com/8r3csurg to make a financial contribution to purchase water for Flint residents. Cases or gallon jugs of water can also be dropped off at Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd., on Saturday February 20, February 27, and March 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The donated water will help families who do not have clean water to drink, cook with, or bathe in. For specific donation requirements, click here.
“I wanted to do this because I think every single person needs to have clean, healthy water. Every day, I take having clean water to drink and bathe in for granted,” said Taylor. “When I heard about the water crisis I started to think about how much I rely on water daily and I knew how much it would mean to them to have additional help.”
A group of social work students, faculty, and staff will deliver the donated water to Catholic Charities in Flint during the week of March 15.
The significance of Buckeyes helping the Wolverines isn’t lost either. Taylor added “I also thought that coming from students at a rival university would help encourage a culture of connectedness.”
Together, we can make a difference!