Marginalized to Empowered:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 9:00am-4:30pm

at Saint Joseph’s University

Despite how common struggles with behavioral health are, few students feel comfortable talking about them — and that is a problem.

Join the discussion about how we can help change the trajectory of students with behavioral health concerns and help students find ways to be successful in college, in our community & around the country.

This exciting one-day event 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 explore the multiple programmatic approaches available and the supports that can be offered along the continuum of care.

This professional development opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students FREE OF CHARGE and just $30 for professionals – with lunch included.  Register Today via EventBrite   This event will include speakers and panelists from various perspectives on campus and we invite ANYONE WHO INTERACTS WITH STUDENTS on campus to attend this event.


For those coming from a distance: Book your hotel through this link for the SJU Corporate Discount rate of $139/night at the Courtyard Mariott on City Ave.  We will run a shuttle from the hotel to the conference in the morning and at the end of the day.

Any questions on hotels, travel, etc – email Katie at


Agenda/Topics of the Day:

  • 9am: Welcome and Keynote Speaker Dr. Thomas Kimball, Texas Tech Collegiate Recovery Program

Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech
University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery. Dr. Kimball has
received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author
of several peer reviewed articles on addiction and recovery and has presented on recovery related issues
across the nation. He is the co-author of the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery

  • 11am: Keynote Panel – Strategies for Support Along the Continuum of Care
  • 12pm: Lunch and Networking
  • 1pm: Break Out Sessions:
    • Impacts on Academics: Resources for Faculty and Academic Affairs
    • How to Increase Recruitment of Diverse Students
    • Fundraising and Marketing for Stigmatized Populations
    • Starting a Supported Program from Scratch
    • NARCAN on Campus with Temple Police Officer
  • 2pm: How Can I Help?: Strategies to Be an Ally from Any Position on Campus
  • 3pm: Student Panel – Student Driven Success
  • 4pm: Where Do We Go From Here?

“Last year, the event was full of great networking, engaging content, and personal stories that motivated us all to continue working hard to support our students. Even as an organizer and someone who already considers them self to be an advocate, I learned a great deal during the event last year.”  – Katie Bean, Planning Committee Member & Assistant Director of Student Outreach and Support at SJU

It is time we all take a look at our philosophy regarding how we talk to our students about alcohol, drugs, and substance use disorder and see how we can improve our language and our approach.


This conference is hosted by Saint Joseph’s University, Life of Purpose Treatment Center, Young People in Recovery-Philadelphia Chapter and Association of Recovery Schools in Higher Education.