ACE IT is a program of the University of Illinois Counseling Center’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program . ACE IT's goal is to help you to stay safe, be healthy, and succeed academically—whether or not you choose to drink. It's offered in partnership with New Student Programs and is mandatory for all new undergraduate first year and transfer students. Transfer students who are age 21 or over and live off campus are exempt from attending.

What can I expect at ACE IT?

Your ACE IT workshop will be led by fellow students: peer facilitators who have been trained to lead discussions about alcohol on campus.

The workshop lasts 75 minutes and is held in a classroom on campus. With a group of other new students, you’ll watch video scenes about drinking and campus life. After each scene, you’ll have the opportunity to express your thoughts and hear what other students have to say about drinking situations, attitudes, and choices.

As a take-away, you’ll receive handouts with information about related topics and campus resources.

What is ACE IT’s approach?

Many new students are making their own decisions about the use of alcohol for the first time, and the University of Illinois is committed to increasing the health, safety, and academic success of students as they adjust to campus life. Students who arrive predisposed not to drink need to know that they are not alone and that the University supports this choice. Students who believe that drinking will be an important part of their college experience need to be aware of the possible impact that the abuse of alcohol may have on their health, safety, and academic success.

ACE IT employs video and peer-led discussion to examine situations, attitudes, and choices regarding alcohol and the campus drinking culture. ACE IT facilitators do not lecture, but ask students to look at their own expectations and assumptions to avoid making high risk or passive decisions related to the use of alcohol. Students are encouraged to look at their own beliefs and behaviors about alcohol use, while listening to others and receiving information that will enable them to make low risk choices about consuming alcohol.

How do I become an ACE IT peer facilitator?

To become a peer facilitator, you will need to successfully complete CHLH 199-ACE (CHLH: Community Health), which is offered every Spring semester. You’ll be ready to serve as a peer facilitator the very next August/September. Coursework focuses on learning practical facilitation skills and alcohol education.

Still have questions?

Contact ACE IT Program Coordinator Tekita Bankhead