OPEN Presentations

OPEN offers interactive and informative customized presentations for classes, student organizations, athletic teams, residence hall events, staff and/or faculty, and campus-wide programs.

We will do our best to accommodate all requests, however may be limited by staffing or scheduling conflicts. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 617-373-4459.

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What is OPEN’s approach to presentations and programs?

OPEN’s focus is on providing students with information from a non-judgmental approach. Presentations do not tell students what they “should” do, but rather gives them information so they can make informed decisions about alcohol and drugs for themselves.

Presentations incorporate straightforward information, facts, instant feedback, true or false for common alcohol and drug questions, normalizing data, and humor to discuss alcohol and drugs openly, honestly, and answer any questions.

“Thanks so much for your presentation, it was definitely one of the better alcohol and drug presentations I have seen. The fact that it was interactive made it less like a lecture from authority and more like we were learning for ourselves. Answering questions kept me listening the whole time—which at the end of the day can be difficult with any subject! So thanks again!”

-Courtney H.

“We really appreciated your presentation, it was a lot of fun. We found ourselves to be very enlightened even for a group of guys who seem to ‘enjoy’ college more than the average student.”

-Brothers of an NU fraternity.

Online Courses

OPEN offers three online courses available to Northeastern community members through Canvas. Students can self-enroll by clicking the links below. Faculty and staff can also import the modules to their own courses, available through Canvas Commons.

Alcohol Skills Training Program
The Alcohol Skills Training Program is a harm reduction educational program that explores the science behind alcohol and other drugs and offers risk reduction strategies for those making the decision to drink. In the training you will discuss the latest research on alcohol as it relates to college students. Some topics include: the BAR lab, alcohol’s effects on decision making, and signs of alcohol toxicity. 

Building Resilience Skills
According to Dr. Karen Reivich of the The Penn Resiliency Project, resilience is “having the ability to bounce back from adversity and the ability to grow from challenges.” Resilience is not something you have or don’t have, it’s a skill set which we all have the ability to build and grow. This course is designed to teach you skills to build resilience in light of these challenging times.

Bystander Intervention is one of the most promising strategies we have for preventing sexual violence. In this training, you will learn to recognize situations that are potentially high-risk for violence and to effectively intervene. The module also covers consent and how to ask for it, how alcohol can affect a person’s ability to give consent, resource options, and how to support survivors of sexual violence.

Prepackaged Programming Kits

Resident Assistant Programming

Bartender Challenge

Interactive activity to learn standard drink information.

Alcohol and Other Drug Jeopardy

Jeopardy Q&A on alcohol and other drug facts.

Calorie Connection

Matching game that educates on alcohol and nutrition.

Did You Know?

Table with OPEN’s Did You Know Campaign to spread knowledge of resources for survivors of sexual violence to your residents.

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