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SUPER Announcement

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Dear Stanford Community From Ralph Castro 

On behalf of the SUPER Team, I am pleased to announce some exciting news.  The Office of Alcohol Policy & Education (OAPE) will be changing its name to the Office of Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources (SUPER) within the Vaden Health Service portfolio.  SUPER will continue to have a dotted reporting line to the Dean of Students Office.

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Reviewing Our Vision, Mission and Objectives

After a review of our vision, mission and objectives, and the consolidation of policy accountability/oversight within the Dean of Students Office, we thought it was a good time to rebrand the office and lean into our core educational and prevention-based mission.  We are expanding the scope and broadening our focus on alcohol and drug education and programs as these continue to be challenging issues on our campus and in our world.

OAPE was created in 2011 to house a centralized office for education, prevention programs, policy oversight and environmental management strategies. Over the years, OAPE created and managed programs such as Cardinal Nights, 5-SURE Safe Rides, 5-SURE on Foot, party planning education, alcohol/drug trainings, advising, educational meetings and outreach.

In our new SUPER iteration, we will continue to manage many of these established programs as well as adding oversight of the new Stanford Collegiate Recovery Program, management within the leadership team for The Well Substance-free and Wellness Theme House and the introduction of a dynamic and new peer education program called PEERs (Prevent, Educate, Empower and Refer).

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Office of Student Engagement (OSE)

One significant change is that the Cardinal Nights substance-free social programming initiative, along with staff member Trista Shideler, will be moving out of our office in order to consolidate campus-wide programming efforts within the Office of Student Engagement (OSE). I would like to thank Trista for her tireless dedication to making Cardinal Nights an award winning and extremely popular program among students at Stanford.  She will be greatly missed in our office.

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We look forward to enhancing the safety of our campus by providing impactful alcohol and drug programs, education and resources for our students and the entire Stanford community.