SHIFT - SHIFTovation

Here at SHIFT, our mission is to change the culture of substance use both on and off campus. This culture includes the attitudes, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and norms that influence substance use. We recognize that substance use is a spectrum – whether you choose not to use, you’re using in moderation, or you're looking for ways to cut back, our goal is to create an environment where you feel supported.

After the past year, we know the need for support is greater than ever. Part of shifting the culture of substance use on campus is making sure that you feel connected to the community , have the tools to make mindful decisions about use, and can recognize the strengths and support you can lean into as you navigate coming back to campus.

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How are you shifting forward?

Over this past year or so, we've adjusted, readjusted, and persisted to navigate uncertain times. We have remained strong and even developed new skills that will help us continue to show up and show out as we come back on campus. What are some skills that you're carrying forward? How will you continue to SHIFT? Here are some ways that you can help shift the culture of substance use on campus:

Sign SHIFT's Open Letter

Sign in support of a different conversation about substance use in college.

SHIFT Student Advisory Board

Help shape a shifting culture by having your voice heard!

The SHIFT List

If you're in a student organization and want to be part of the SHIFT movement, learn more here.

Let's have a different conversation.

Social life has looked and felt quite different over the last year. As we ease back into campus life here are some tips and thoughts to keep you safe:

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Let's reconnect!

Whether you're returning to campus after a year on Zoom or this is your first time on the Forty Acres it might feel both exciting and overwhelming. Welcome to the Longhorn family - we are all navigating this new version of campus together and our aim is to help you feel supported in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.


Wondering how you might connect with SHIFT? Well, howdy, partner!

The SHIFT Office
UT Austin
Student Services Building
100 W Dean Keeton Street

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