In the second year of the Strategic Innovation Grant, the Division of Student Affairs received 10 Strategic Innovation Grant applications.  In the first review of applications, three applications were chosen for presentation: GyneWellness, Family Engagement as a Strategy for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, and Second Year International Alternative Break.

A committee of seven faculty, staff and a student evaluated final applications and scored presentations using a rubric focused on innovation and high impact practice. The committee made final recommendations for award based on the rubric score of the grant application and presentation.

Family Engagement as a Strategy for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention was awarded $8,300 for their innovative approach. This Strategic Innovation Grant was submitted by: Kristina Canfield, Substance Abuse Prevention & Recovery Coordinator with Wellness Promotion; Shawra Rainer, Assistant Director of Student Conduct; and Meredith Kahl, Director of Parent and Family Services. Congratulations!

Special thanks to everyone who submitted.


Here is the total list of the applications and awards:

Family Engagement as a Strategy for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

  • Kristina Canfield, Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coordinator, Wellness Promotion
  • Shawra Rainer, Assistant Director, Student Conduct
  • Meredith Kahl, Director, Parent and Family Services

Second Year International Alternative Break

  • Paton Roden, Coordinator, Second-Year Experience
  • David Dada, Coordinator, Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Lauren Hobbs, Assistant Director, Student Involvement and Leadership


  • Aimee Holland, DNP, WHNP-BC, FNP-C, FAANP, Student Health Center
  • Kathleen Pridgen, MD, Student Health Center

Pornography Literacy and Its Impact on Student Sexual Health and Behavior

  • Lindsey Beechwood, Investigator, Title IX
  • Mandy Parente, Wellness Promotion

UAB Student Financial Wellness

  • Dori Weldon, Assistant Director, Off-Campus Student Services
  • Leslie Riley, Assistant Director, Student Outreach
  • Brandon Wright, Director, UAB Career Center

Global Summit for Success: Creating an Holistic Programmatic Experience for UAB’s South Asian Students

  • Sharifa Wip, Coordinator, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs
  • Dr. Achala Gunasekara-Rockwell, Indian Language and Cultural Advisor, INTO UAB

UAB Certified Healthy

  • Stacey Maline, Campus Recreation

UAB Meditation and Prayer Space

  • Stacey Maline, Campus Recreation

Marketing of Effective Notetaking Module

  • Andrew Sparks, Disability Support Services

Taste of UAB

  • Patrick Johnson, Student Media
  • Phillip Booker, Hill Student Center
  • Undre Phillips, Student Involvement & Leadership