Alcohol and drug abuse and their relationship to violence were discussed at the first meeting of the Northridge Community Coalition at Cal State Northridge on Thursday.
The development of alcohol-related programs and workshops, made possible by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, was also addressed at the meeting, held in the Student Health Center and attended by more than 30 coalition members, including faculty, student leaders, community members and Los Angeles Police Department representatives.
"What's special about this grant is that it brings the whole community together and allows us to do a whole host of things in the community that we would never have been able to do," said Carol Baxter, CSUN health educator, who presided over the meeting.
Baxter said new data collected from campus surveys will provide information on alcohol and other drug usage and their associated behaviors, such as violence. She said the data will also gauge the effectiveness of intervention programs.