Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee (ADAC)


In 1977, Mount Holyoke College became one of the first colleges to implement an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP) which provided alcohol and other drug education, intervention, and counseling to the campus community. Today, Mount Holyoke College continues to be at the forefront of comprehensive college alcohol and other drug programs that speak to women’s issues. One way the college continues to excel in this arena is through the efforts of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee, which is a working group that assists ADAP in assessing and seeking solutions related to the community’s involvement with alcohol and other drug issues.


  • Provide leadership and awareness to develop a community-wide approach to alcohol and other drug issues that is comprehensive, gender-specific, and culturally-competent.
  • Support a safe, respectful, and aware community in relation to alcohol and other drugs and thereby enhance the physical, spiritual, and psychological health of all individuals.


  • Support the mission and goals of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP)
  • Informs the campus with regards to policy and practices that impact the community about alcohol and other drug concerns.
  • Support institutional compliance with Department of Education Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Invite involvement from a broad-base constituency to promote institutional ownership of alcohol and other drug-related issues.
  • Increase campus-wide awareness of alcohol and other drug-related issues through active and passive educational programs.
  • Communicate to the campus community current research on women and alcohol and other drugs
  • Identify and assess campus needs, provide analysis and evaluation based on current data, and offer recommendations to appropriate departments.
  • Review vision, goals, membership, and structure every three years.
  • ADAC Timeline


Large Committee:
Composed of representatives from following constituencies:

  • Admissions Global Initiatives
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness
  • Project Office of Academic Deans
  • Alumnae Association
  • Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Career Development Center
  • Physical Education and Athletics
  • Dean of Students
  • Campus Police
  • Dining Services
  • Residential Life
  • Facilities Management
  • Speaking, Arguing, Writing Center
  • Faculty
  • Staff Council
  • Frances Perkins Program
  • Health Services
  • Students
  • Human Resources
  • Student Programs: (The Network, Class Boards, MERT, SAAFE, SGA, Hall Presidents, Student Advisors, FP’s, Student Athlete Council, etc.)

Subcommittees (2-3):

  • Defined by larger group meeting as needed

Executive Committee:

  • Purpose: Seeks out opportunities to advise the campus about alcohol and other drug related concerns.


  •  Composed of co-chairs, the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project Director and the Health Educator


  • One meeting three times per semester prior to large group meeting to set agenda
  • Meet with Dean of College one time per semester to update her/him on the work of the Committee

Co-Chair Selection:
Serve for a 3-year term beginning in January

  • Nominations are taken from large committee
  • Ballot election held at November meeting

Created 1995 – Revised 2006