Michelle N. Issadore, M.Ed.
It takes a village. In truth, no single practitioner can drive environmental change without institutional commitment (top-down) and proper positioning (bottom-up) — be that in the form of: an office tasked with prevention efforts; a seat on relevant committees or student support; funding whether from a campus or grant(s); collaboration with colleagues to ensure consistent messaging; an impact on diverse constituencies; and professional development to know and understand current research and legislation.
Whether you are tasked with a single area of prevention or a wide range of issues, you need the right tools in your toolbox in order to be successful. It takes the right combination of training, content knowledge, willingness to continually educate yourself and the ability to build relationships across your campus and beyond to effectively serve in a prevention practitioner role.
The good news is you are no longer doing it in a silo. SCOPE is meant to serve a need in the field for integration and synergies in prevention. If you find yourself picking and choosing relevant sessions at more generalized conferences, attending the SCOPE conference may allow you to spend your travel budget more wisely at one concentrated, interdisciplinary prevention event. If you weren’t aware of what effective concepts other areas of prevention were developing, you may now be able to educate yourself more readily and apply that knowledge to your campaigns and programs. I believe the face of prevention will look very different over the coming years, as we build our community and improve our reach and our results.