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ERIC Number: ED317889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Challenge to Challenge.
Geller, William W.
To have an impact on students and help them think about the major social issues faced by society today, student personnel professionals must formulate and implement new and significant initiatives. The primary question is whether or not a particular institution will permit discussion of the issues and the creation of a message containing moral and value tones. Although it might be fairly easy for an institution to take a stand on alcohol or drug use, it may be more difficult to reach a position on issues of safe sex and of homosexuality. Peer helpers have been used in the areas of orientation, tutoring, alcohol and drug education, wellness and health education, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) education. The question is whether these peers will take on the new role of public activists who can challenge other students' behavior and thinking. Colleges could also borrow techniques from the popular mass media. The chief student affairs officer needs to be one of the leaders in the effort; student affairs staff, other campus personnel, and students need to be involved. The University of Maine at Farmington has developed a plan that engages students by emphasizing novel means of communication that will rouse student emotion and sensitivity. The experience at the university has been revealing and instructive. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A