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The IMPACT (Initiating and Motivating a Positive Alcohol Culture Together) Peer Education and Prevention Team is an integral part of Hokie Wellness. The goal of this group is to create an effective peer network that promotes positive alcohol choices by students and works to positively change the campus and community environment and culture. They promote the Party Positive message and support fellow Hokies through outreach and education in a non-judgmental way.

The IMPACT team is committed to:

  • Reducing alcohol-related negative outcomes and creating a healthier and safer social environment free from high-risk drinking and its negative side effects.
  • Educating fellow students through outreach and prevention programs, classroom presentations and media campaigns.
  • Collecting data on alcohol and alcohol-related issues.
  • Advocating for environmental change in the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community.

Every year, IMPACT maintains a team of 15-18 peer educators who teach and facilitate workshops and the 21st Birthday Project, do outreach on-campus, and model the mission and goals of Hokie Wellness in the Virginia Tech community.

If you have any questions about IMPACT, please contact Annie Chalmers-Williams at or Kelsey O'Hara-Marasigan at