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Mission & Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Program (WAVE) is a risk reduction and prevention program that educates the campus community on issues of personal safety and well-being. WAVE’s staff members and Peer Educators provide fellow students with information and strategies regarding topics relating to personal health, safety, and overall well-being. Employing a dynamic and comprehensive plan, WAVE creates bridges between campus entities to cultivate healthy environments for the NMSU community. WAVE serves as a resource liaison for NMSU students regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin.

WAVE Utilizes the Following Research-Based Strategies:

Peer Education:

Through the use of peer education, WAVE utilizes NMSU students to bring awareness to health issues and prevention efforts  creating a safer and healthier campus enviroment. 

Social Norms:

 Students often have misperceptions of how their peers behave. Social Norming clarifies the actual behavior of fellow students, encouraging them to make better decisions regarding their own behavior. 

Multiple Exposures to Information:

Recognizing that one exposure to information will have little impact on behavior, WAVE strives to provide many opportunities for students to receive prevention information and tools, using both written and verbal materials. 

 Knowledge, Empowerment, and Behavioral Adaptations:

Knowledge alone is not enough to impact behavioral change. WAVE programming encourages students to not only understand the basic prevention strategies on an intellectual level but also to realize their power to change and adapt their own behavior.