Apply to DAPA

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming a DAPA! DAPAs are health opinion leaders who serve as resources to their peers; liaisons to their House Communities; and ambassadors for the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services. To become a certified DAPA, students are required to participate in 24 hours of training to gather extensive information on alcohol and other drug issues. DAPA Training is scheduled to take place over the first weekend of the Spring Term: Friday Jan. 26th 5:00-7:00pm, Saturday Jan. 27th 10:00am-4:00pm, Sunday Jan. 28th 9:00am-1:00pm, and then one night weekly for the first 4 weeks of the term: Tuesdays 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 from 6:00-9:00pm.  Also, DAPAs are required to attend a DAPA retreat the Wednesday and Thursday before classes begin for the Fall Term.


The application for Spring 2018 is now open and may be submitted before the extended application deadline on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, at 11:59 pm. There will be an informational session where you can learn more about the application and DAPA on Sunday, November 5th 7:00-8:00pm in Ticknor Lounge. As a component of the application, you must have a peer submit a peer recommendation on your behalf. This letter should explain why you would make a good candidate for the DAPA Program, citing specific examples that highlight your leadership potential and ability to serve as a role model for your peers. The letter can be written from a peer here at Harvard or from your hometown. Letters of support can also be submitted before the application deadline on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, at 11:59 pm. You may be contacted for an interview as a final component of your candidacy.


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If you have any questions please email We look forward to reviewing your application!


The DAPA Selection Committee