PULLMAN, Wash.Washington State University’s Cougar Alliance for a Safe Environment will bring William DeJong, an expert in substance abuse prevention in university settings, to the Pullman campus Sept. 19.

“He is probably the most knowledgeable and credible person around today with regard to current best and promising practices in college substance abuse prevention,” said John Miller, associate director of  health promotion at WSU Health and Wellness Services. “DeJong will provide information on current best practices, provide feedback from a national perspective on what we’re currently doing at WSU, and make recommendations on what we could do to improve our comprehensive program.”

A professor of social and behavioral sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, DeJong is also the project director for the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. He is an expert in environmental management and how it applies to substance abuse prevention programs at colleges and universities.

DeJong will meet with key WSU administrators, representatives from Student Affairs and members of Better Neighborhoods for Pullman.

Cougar Alliance for a Safe Environment is a community and campus organization that works to enhance and sustain a community in which students feel secure from threat, danger or injury and supported in making healthy lifestyle choices. For more information about the organization, contact Health and Wellness Services at (509) 335-5759.