Marginalized to Empowered:

Creating Recovery Ready Academic Communities

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

at Saint Joseph's University

Join the discussion about how we can help change the trajectory of those with behavioral health concerns empowering them to be successful in college, in our community & around the world.

This thought-provoking conference will address how we can best identify and support marginalized students on our campuses and work to empower them to succeed and thrive on our campuses.  We will discover the multiple programmatic approaches available while exploring innovative ways to offer support along the continuum of care.

The learning goals of this professional development opportunity are below.  Attendees will:

  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
  4. Identify the developmental stages and critical components of an effective Collegiate Recovery Community and identify various sources of funding to sustain them

This professional development opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students free of charge and just $50 for professionals.  Program presenters will receive one free registration.  Breakfast and lunch are included with registration.  Registration will open June 15th.


Keynote Speaker Confirmed: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACDW, CJC, CCS specializes in the areas of addiction, recovery and education.

Frank Greenagel is a clinical social worker and adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Center of Alcohol Studies and School of Social Work. Rutgers is considered by many to have the strongest recovery college program in the world where he worked as a Recovery Counselor at both New Brunswick and Newark for five years.  Frank is also the Director of the Family Program at Soba College Recovery, LLC.  He has served on the NJ Governer's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse since 2011 and served as the Chairman of the NJ Task Force on Heroin and other Opiate Use.  He conducts trainings nationwide and has keynoted at conferences around the globe sharing his expertise.  Frank is also a member of the army national guard. You can find more information about our keynote speaker on his website where he blogs: 


Agenda of the Day (subject to change):
  • 8:30am-9:30am:    Presidents Breakfast
    • University Presidents are invited to meet and speak with other University Presidents and Frank Greenagel prior to his keynote address over breakfast starting at 8:30am.
  • 8:30am-9:30am:    Registration, Breakfast, and Welcome
  • 9:30am-10:30am:  Keynote Address by Frank Greenagle, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACDW, CJC, CCS
  • 10:45am-11:45am: Engaging Government Officials in the Collegiate Recovery Movement
  • 11:45am-12:30pm: Lunch
  • 12:45pm-1:45pm:   Break Out Sessions
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm:   Break Out Sessions
  • 3:00pm-3:15pm:    Closing Remarks including Raffle Drawing and Afternoon Snack
    • Raffles prizes include free registration at next year's conference, Dixon golf products, swag bags from local Collegiate Recovery Programs, and more! 


The Call for Program Proposals has closed.

Thank you to the overwhelming response to the call for program proposals.  We have received over double the amount that we can have at the conference!  All submissions will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and confirmed by June 15, 2018.  Preference will be given to sessions that align most closely with the conference goals.  If you have any questions, please contact Katie Bean at