- Sexual Misconduct Prevention Education: The LEAD Office’s sexual misconduct prevention, education and response program provides leadership and guidance on these issues for the campus community with the objective of integrating awareness, understanding, and prevention/risk reduction behavior into the daily lives of Western students. This program also empowers student leaders to become peer educators, increase peer to peer discussion regarding sexual misconduct, dispel inaccurate information and myths, and encourage the setting of boundaries that will foster a healthy campus environment and teach students how to develop healthy relationship now and into their future. Our sexual misconduct program also works closely with the Western student health and counseling centers, Gunnison County Public Health, BeforePlay.org, PACT5, the BACCHUS Network and Western’s SWEET Life to provide resources and information around sexual health and wellbeing.
- Suicide Prevention Education: The LEAD Office’s suicide prevention and education program is dedicated to providing Western’s students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community with the skills necessary to recognize suicidal warning signs, and seek appropriate intervention. Housed within our office is a Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor who not only provides support to at-risk individuals, but also educates campus and the surrounding community about the importance of early intervention, the power of questioning, persuading, and referring (QPR), and the invaluable role we can all play in the lives of others.
- The SWEET Life: The SWEET Life exists to assist students in having a safe, healthy, and positive experience while attending Western State Colorado University. To accomplish this goal, The SWEET Life provides students with opportunities to engage in fun activities while at once providing education and information about holistic wellness including but not limited to substance use/abuse awareness and prevention, developing healthy relationships, understanding emotional intelligence and appropriate coping strategies, recognizing stress and how to effectively reduce it, and mental health. One unique aspect of Western’s approach is that The SWEET Life utilizes peer educators to support students in need and provide appropriate resources. The SWEET Life wants to ensure that all Mountaineers are taking an active role with respect to their own health and wellness as well as the wellbeing of their fellow students and the surrounding Gunnison/Crested Butte communities. The SWEET Life collaborates with campus groups to provide health and wellness education to the entire campus community, while maintaining active partnerships with GCSAPP, CADE, the BACCHUS Network and many other professional organizations to provide comprehensive and effective prevention and wellness education for Western students. For more information on The SWEET Life, becoming a student member, or applying for a leadership role please visit "The SWEET Life" tab on the left of your screen.
- In 2015, LEAD is pleased to announce that it was awarded NCAA CHOICES Grant funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to support prevention education efforts to effectively decrease binge drinking and the over consumption of alcohol on Western's campus. The NCAA CHOICES Grant website is: http://www.ncaa.org/health-and-safety/policy/ncaa-choices-grants