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Austin Community Partners

Wondering how you might connect with SHIFT?

Our campus extends well beyond the 40 acres. Our students interface with the great city of Austin in a variety of ways. If you have a business or organization that connects with UT and would like to be involved, we'd love to have you! You play a huge role in SHIFT, whether it’s offering student specials on fun social gatherings with health and safety in mind, or working with the SHIFT team to find creative ways to contribute to a healthier community by curbing substance misuse, you are an essential part of this equation and key to the success of SHIFT! Contact Kate Lower, SHIFT Director, to learn more. Email, or call (512) 475-8437.

SHIFT Shorts

SHIFT Shorts is a new series of brief interviews with some of our campus and community partners to highlight their work in changing the culture of substance use on the 40 acres and beyond. The field of substance use prevention and culture is broad and intersectional – check out the videos below to see some of the way that members of our UT and Austin community are shifting the culture of substance use.

Community Spotlight - Chris Marshall

What if bars were centered on community and connection rather than alcohol? Enter Sans Bar, Austin’s first sober bar that prides itself on creating a space for healthy socialization. Learn more about how Chris Marshall, the founder of Sans Bar, is helping build safer, inclusive, and engaging social environments for all people.

Community Spotlight - Dr. Ryan Sutton

Healthy coping skills can holistically impact how people live, work, and interact with the world around them. Dr. Ryan Sutton shares his views on the intersections of prevention, mental health care, and equity, describing how we all have a stake in shaping a healthier campus culture.

Community Spotlight - Dr. Fiona Conway

An Assistant Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Dr. Conway has led multiple innovative research projects related to substance use prevention. In this SHIFT Short, Dr. Conway speaks about the goals of her intersectional work and the ways in which students can help make a difference through their campus communities.



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