What is it about General Assembly?


BACCHUS Initiatives Staff & Volunteers

October 12, 2016

What is it about The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly that gets students and advisors so excited every fall?

For many students, peer education is just “a thing we do on our campus.” Some peer educators are unaware that there are similar groups on campuses all over the country (and world). General Assembly can be an eye-opening experience – to see several hundred peer educators doing exciting work on their campuses.

We asked some of our BACCHUS Regional Consultants, long-time volunteers, what makes the experience so unique.

As I enter my 20th year with the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, I can think of no more powerful an experience than attending General Assembly, especially if you have the privilege of attending alongside of some of your student-leaders. Some of my more cherished memories are from attending GA - as a peer educator, advisor, presenter, national volunteer, and long-time faculty member for Advisor Academy. I've had the good fortune of being able to attend many outstanding professional conferences over the span of my career. GA is different. To walk into a grand ballroom for the opening session and to literally experience the power of peer education is unparalleled. Personally, I return to campus every November from GA feeling re-energized, rejuvenated, and inspired by the next generation of peer educators and my fellow advisors.

- Ryan Travia, Babson College

General Assembly is a blend of newer groups, ones that have been around for decades, and everything in between. Our groups may focus on one particular health topic or conduct programs on a range of topics. This diversity combines with passion for helping others. The result is energized attendees and group sustainability throughout the year and into the future.

General Assembly provides students and advisors a chance to make new connections with peers and professionals in the field, learn new approaches to long-standing health and wellness issues, and support one another’s quest to create healthier campuses for themselves and their peers! Attending General Assembly is a great way to share what’s working on your campus and learn from others about ways to improve your efforts!

- Sarah Diaz, Butler University

There is still time to register at the lower rate, but this expires on October 21!

We hope to see you in Kansas City, November 17-20!

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