Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon believes through honest and open conversation we can educate students and give them the information they need to make better, informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs.

TOPICS


  • Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • High School Issues
  • Officer Training
  • Opioids & Prescription Drugs
  • Risk Management
  • Substance Abuse

KEYNOTES


ONLINE EDUCATION


Bobby Gordon, having honest and open conversations with students.

Getting to know

Bobby Gordon

Bobby Gordon is an award-winning speaker in alcohol & other drug prevention, research and education. Throughout his 20+ year career, Bobby has partnered with communities, federal agencies, professional organizations and local and state law enforcement to develop, create, advise and assess a variety of alcohol & other drug prevention programs.

His expertise includes social normative media, federal grant projects, evidenced-based prevention and intervention strategies, and curriculum development.

His work spans organizations like Major League Baseball (MLB), BACCHUS Network, Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, the United States Navy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the State Targeted Response (STR) Opioid Task Forces in Arizona and California.

Bobby proudly served for 15 years on the Board of the Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention. Bobby holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. He completed his undergrad at Muskingum University with a B.A. in psychology.

Whether we choose to admit it or not, alcohol and drugs are on campus and the exposure to them often leads to substance abuse and can be a detrimental part of the college experience. Only through honest and open conversation can we reach students and give them the information they need to make better, informed decisions.

Bobby’s non-judgmental approach focuses on providing factual information combined with real-world scenarios relating to the experience of today’s college student. Bobby answers the questions you were too afraid to ask with expertise and appropriate humor, engaging audiences in “real talk” about alcohol, drugs and the associated risks and consequences.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

To help you promote your event with Bobby, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials

LOGISTICAL MATERIALS

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Bobby.
In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)

Connect with Bobby
Treatment isn't keeping up with the rise in #alcohol and #drug abuse #drugs #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse (Politico 12/30/22)
Battling #anxiety, #depression or #lonliness at the holidays is challenging enough, but consider the consequences of relying on #alcohol and/or #drugs to get through #holidayblues #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse (CBS Boston 12/21/22)
Over half of car crash victims had #drugs or #alcohol in their systems according to a recent study (NPR 12/13/22) #alcoholabuse #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse
#alcohol and #marijuana related traffic deaths spiked in 2021 #drugs #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse
#alcohol #marijuana #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse
Thank you to the Forman School for having me share my alcohol/other drug abuse prevention keynote today! @campuspeak PS thanks for the cold winter weather 🥶🤣
#alcohol and #drug related deaths are rising among older US populations #drugs #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse (US News 12/1/22)
#alcohol use rises in states where #marijuana is legalized #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse #drugs
National #adderall shortage calls into question #drug dependency issues #drugs #alcohol #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse (PBS News Hour 11/25/22)
Why aren't there more ways to treat alcohol abuse? #drugs #alcohol #alcoholabuse #collegealcoholabuse (Washington Post 11/6/22)
#Alcohol is responsible for 1 in 5 adult deaths in America #alcoholabuse #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse #drugs (CNN 11/1/22)
Study finds increased alcohol-related consequences for college students #alcohol #collegealcohol #collegealcoholabuse #drugs
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KEYNOTES

Informed Decisions: Real Talk on Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol and drug abuse is a real and persistent issue on college campuses. Students are coping with higher levels of stress resulting in some turning to alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism. New students are balancing the pressure from peers to fit in with a general curiosity with their newfound independence.

Risky abuse and unintended deaths due to opioids, prescriptions, and other drugs have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly present risks and negative consequences for students and the campus community.

Despite best intentions by campus administrators, drug education and prevention programs are often overshadowed by a focus on alcohol-only education. Bobby challenges perceptions and clarifies myths and facts across a spectrum of drugs beyond alcohol including opioids, fentanyl, cocaine, ecstasy/molly, predatory drugs, study drugs, and prescription drug abuse. Instead of lecturing with technical medical information or using scare-tactics, Bobby incorporates real-world scenarios, facts and culturally relevant media to help students challenge their perceptions and make informed decisions.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the difference between non-binge and binge drinking,
  • the myths versus the realities of heavy drinking and drug usage for better decision making,
  • the consequences and side effects of mixing drugs (like opioids) and alcohol, and
  • how different types of drugs can negatively impact the mind and body.
  • reduce risk for college students and campus organizations.
Alcohol, Opioids, & Pills…Oh My!

There’s No Place Like College! There’s No Place Like College! There’s No Place Like College!
There is no place like college for students to have the greatest opportunity to personally grow and learn. There is also no place like college for students to explore and experiment with alcohol and a mix of other drugs and substances. Understanding the current reality of the culture around alcohol and drugs is the first step to successful education and prevention. Bobby works with your campus to develop customized content to address the issues impacting your campus with a focus on the current challenges and emerging trends your community faces. This program can include information ranging from alcohol and study drugs to opioids and cocaine. Using his unique approach, Bobby incorporates real-world scenarios, facts and culturally relevant media across a spectrum of topics often ignored in most alcohol to help students challenge their perceptions on alcohol and drug use. He helps students make better-informed decisions while providing a refreshing and different point of view of the current alcohol and other drug use culture on college campuses.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the difference between non-binge and binge drinking,
  • the myths versus the realities of heavy drinking and drug usage for better decision making,
  • the consequences and side effects of mixing drugs (like opioids) and alcohol, and
  • how different types of drugs can negatively impact the mind and body.
  • reduce risk for college students and campus organizations

BOBBY’S BLOGS

The following are past entries Bobby has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog