Beyond the Buzz

Beyond the Buzz is a nonjudgmental one-hour educational session designed to provide students with necessary facts and resources so that they can make informed and responsible decisions regarding cannabis and alcohol (open to ALL interested students). The course is based on a peer-to-peer model and is co-facilitated by two Emerson College student facilitators.

The goal of the program is to assist students in understanding the risks associated with alcohol and cannabis use and the impacts alcohol and cannabis can have on their college experience, and to allow students to consider various strategies for making safer choices.

The program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to draw their own conclusions.

Program Dates

All program sessions will take place at 172 Tremont, Room 205:

  • Wednesday, February 21 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Friday, March 15 at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 3 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m.


There are several sessions of Beyond the Buzz classes offered each semester. To attend a class:

  1. Choose a date/time that works with your schedule.
  2. Complete the online registration form (login via DUO required) at least 24 hours in advance of the first session. If you register less than 24 hours in advance, you will need to come to another class. 
  3. Class size is LIMITED TO 10 people to encourage group participation. If the session you are registering for is already filled, we will email you and you will need to choose another date.
  4. If you miss a class that you have already registered for, re-register for a new class and then email the laura_owen [at] (associate director of Wellness) to inform the coordinator as to why you missed the class and what class you're-registered for.

Register Here

Additional Information

What else do I need to know?

  1. All students are required to bring their Emerson IDs to confirm attendance and a PEN to write with.
  2. Anyone coming to the program under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will forfeit their right to participate.
  3. All participants must be on time. If a participant does not attend the entire program, they receive no credit for completion.
  4. All participants must actively, positively participate in the session; follow instructions; complete evaluations and exercises; and maintain a high level of involvement. Anyone who disrupts or displays inappropriate conduct will be asked to leave and will forfeit credit for participation.
  5. Most importantly, all participants are required to maintain confidentiality among the group's members. Students will be sharing their thoughts and experiences, and students should respect the privacy of their peers and not share this information.

You will sign in with your student ID. After the class ends, the list of students who completed the course will be sent to the RDs and the Office of Student Conduct as proof that you fulfilled this requirement.