BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA 2018 Region IV-W Conference: Meeting of the Minds

April 05 – April 07, 2018
Kansas City Airport Hilton, Kansas City, MO

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Meeting of the Minds is a regional prevention and health education conference for college and university peer educators, their advisors, administrators, and campus and community law enforcement. Meeting of the Minds is an excellent opportunity to learn about evidence-based best practices to address higher education’s most pressing public health issues.

Registration Cost

The registration deadline for the Meeting of the Minds is Monday, March 19, 2018. Rates will double for those wishing to register after the 19th. If you have questions or inquiries about registration, please contact Joan Masters at MastersJ@missouri.edu or (573) 884-7551.

Refunds are not available for registration cancellations after Friday, March 23, 2018. Substitutions are allowed, but should be e-mailed to Joan Masters at MastersJ@missouri.edu.

  1. Students: $170
  2. Graduate Students: $220
  3. Professionals: $280
  4. Half-Day Pre-Conference with conference: $30
  5. Full-Day Pre-Conference with conference: $50
  6. Half-Day Pre-Conference only: $45
  7. Full-Day Pre-Conference only: $75


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Call for Programs

Meeting of the Minds: Networking for Success in Prevention is a regional conference dedicated to assisting students and professionals network and learn more about effective prevention strategies and student health issues. Students and professionals working in peer education, prevention, student affairs, or law enforcement from colleges and universities in the five-state area are encouraged to present about their work at this exciting conference! Please consider sharing a best practice, educational program, or current research in a conference presentation.

After reviewing feedback from the 2017 conference, attendees indicated that they would like to see more sessions on the following topics:

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • LGBTQ+
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Sexual Health
  • Peer Education
  • Sexual Violence

If you are thinking of submitting a program, we would ask you to consider the above. Attendees also noted that many of the sessions were lecture style, and we are hoping to include more panels, roundtable discussions, and interactive elements into our sessions for 2018.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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Submission Timeline
  • Friday, December 1st 2017
    Early Bird Call for Programs Deadline
  • Monday, February 5th 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • Monday, February 19th
    Notification of Presenters

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA 2018 Region IV-W Conference: Meeting of the Minds.

Joan Masters
Senior Coordinator, Partners in Prevention
Phone: 573-884-7551
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The 2018 conference schedule will be up soon! Visit http://pip.missouri.edu/mom/schedule.html for more information.

Thu, Apr 05

A Few Too Many... Our Campus Culture of Alcohol
Dr. Lori Hart

Fri, Apr 06

Up on the High Wire: Upstream Mental Resiliency During Tough Times
Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

Sat, Apr 07

What Choice Will You Make?
Carey Portell
College Drive Through: Choices and Consequences
Joseph Richardson, Esq.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conferences for administrators, peer education advisors, law enforcement, and students!

RESPOND: Partnering for Campus Mental Health

08.00 AM – 05.00 PM

Caring about others is easy, but knowing what to do can be difficult. On our campus, we often hear, “I want to help, but I’m not sure what to do or say and I don’t want to make things worse.” Join us for this pre-conference RESPOND training to learn specific skills for how to effectively support a person experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis. This day long course will teach you how to recognize signs of emotional distress or crisis situations, to offer support, and to help others access appropriate campus or community resources. You will leave the training feeling more empowered to offer support and more knowledgeable about making referrals to professional mental health providers. This program is appropriate for college and university students, faculty, and staff. Learning objectives for RESPOND: - Learn to recognize signs of a mental health concern - Learn to confidently share concerns and offer effective support to someone experiencing mental health concerns - Be able to appropriately help someone access mental health services

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Presenter: Christy Hutton, PhD, University of Missouri and Laura Holt, PhD, University of Missouri St. Louis

The Safety Pillar

02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Just about any sorority or fraternity member has heard the term "The Pillars of Greek Life”. When asked what the pillars represent, most members can easily rattle off the terms "brotherhood & sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, service & philanthropy" and for the most part, we have communities and chapters excelling in these areas. But, in these same communities, we are also excelling in hazing, drug use, assault and high-risk drinking. Perhaps in 2018, we need to re-frame this conversation. If we truly want to be brothers and sisters, we need to focus on a pillar of “safety” to ensure that all members, new members and guests are treated with dignity and respect and we keep each other safe because that is what real friendship is about and that is what being a good human being is truly about. This session will include case studies, policy versus prevention discussions, and policy versus practice discussions as we work towards a congruent plan on safety.

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Presenter: Dr. Lori Hart, Director of Education Initiatives for Holmes Murphy Fraternal Practice

You Too Can Implement Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention (And Still Keep Your Job)

02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

This session will provide participants with an overview of the most current research exploring the nexus between alcohol use and sexual assault, and consider the impact on those who commit, experience, or witness harm. Presenters will offer participants practical approaches for strengthening their campus strategic prevention plan through case studies of two successful interventions that use environmental strategies to disrupt expectancies related to alcohol and sexual assault and re-frame high-risk drinking context to support healthy behaviors. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their current efforts to address the nexus between sexual assault and alcohol use through a guided prevention strengths/challenges activity and identify action steps for their campus.

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Presenters: Rob Buelow, Vice President for Prevention Education, EVERFI and Holly Rider-Milkovich, Senior Director for Prevention Education, EVERFI


  • Rob Buelow

    Rob Buelow

    Vice President for Prevention Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Lori Hart

    Dr. Lori Hart

    Director of Education Initiatives
    Holmes Murphy Fraternal Practice

    Speaker Bio

  • Carey Portell

    Carey Portell

    Speaker Bio

  • Holly Rider-Milkovich

    Holly Rider-Milkovich

    Senior Director for Prevention Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Joseph Richardson, Esq.

    Joseph Richardson, Esq.

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

    Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas

    Speaker Bio


Kansas City Airport Hilton
Kansas City, Missouri

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Kansas City Airport Hilton at a rate of $99/night. The special rate is available until March 14, 2018 or until the block is full. The Hilton Kansas City Airport is located at 8801 NW 112th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64153, USA 1-816-891-8900 More information can be found at http://pip.missouri.edu/mom/hotel.html

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Please note: This rate is only available until March 14, 2018

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Kansas City Airport Hilton
8801 NW 112th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64153
  • Travel

    The hotel is just five minutes from Kansas City International Airport and only 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City, MO. The complimentary shuttle will take guests to/from the airport as well as anywhere within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

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