Note from the CO-LA:
Hannah Kriner here, the Coordinating Officer for Leadership and Advocacy! I am excited to spread more advocacy opportunities to the region and watch member Institutions participate in the SAACURH Advocacy and Awareness Program.
The SAACURH Advocacy and Awareness program began its roots at the closing of the Annual NACURH Conference 2018. After assessing the current state of the region, there was a need for more advocacy initiatives in the South Atlantic Region. Positionally I wanted to prioritize the partnership with SAACURH’s Regional Philanthropy Partner the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and providing more ways for member institutions to get connected to their resources. As a result, the SAACURH Advocacy and Awareness Program was formed. This program allows for RHA’s and NRHH’s to choose an advocacy initiative that is unique to their respective campus or to design a program to support the mission of the region philanthropy partnership The goal for this program is to spread awareness, keep affiliated institutions connected to SAACURH all year round, and get SAACURH connected with the current regional philanthropy. I am very excited to see the programs and events you all come up with!
If you have any questions or want to talk in more detail about leadership development and advocacy opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Mission Statement:
Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
SAACURH Advocacy and Awareness Program
The SAACURH Advocacy and Awareness Programs (SAAP) are events hosted by institutions affiliated with the South Atlantic Region of the National Association of College and Universities Residence Halls to raise awareness for causes that are affecting the institutions and are unique to the institution’s residential students. The SAAP contains two programming tracks for institutions to choose from which allows institutions to have an opportunity to support the current regional philanthropy or have complete autonomy in choosing a cause to support.