The 2019 Marginalized to Empowered Conference: Supporting Students with Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders is seeking proposals that are informed by theory, research and best practices in the field.  With a trauma-informed lens, we hope to offer educational programs that are in line with the goals of the conference. These goals are:

  1. Gain an increased awareness of the specific needs of students, faculty and staff in or seeking recovery from mental health and substance use disorders on college campuses
  2. Understand the systems and best practices currently in place to support students, faculty and staff in or seeking recovery while exploring innovative and promising practices
  3. Discover ways to build valuable connections with all constituents including faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, non-profit and advocacy agencies and other partners to create a network of allies to support and grow collegiate recovery efforts on their own campus

Often, the "Unexpected Messenger" is one with great power and influence to help support students who are marginalized on campus.  This professional development conference is open not only to those who work in collegiate recovery communities or counseling centers but also targets those in admissions and enrollment management, advising centers, dean's offices, success centers and all types of faculty members. These members of the community can help identify students in need of recovery supports on campus as academics or transcripts can often tell a bigger story if one is apt to look.  Therefore, we are seeking proposals that provide specific education geared to these functional areas on campus in addition to the work of counselors, case managers and collegiate recovery program staff and students.


The committee invites proposals that:

  • Reflect innovation
  • Stimulate discussion and
  • Engage attendees


We hope to create break out sessions with a diverse array of presenters and perspectives including differing levels of experience and a variety of institutional and organizational types.


In order to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 Conference - complete this webform by Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5pm.  The committee will select programs and inform presenters by mid-June.  One (1) presenter from each program will be given free registration to the conference.