Marginalized to Empowered:
Supporting Students with Substance Use and
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. We will discover the multiple programmatic approaches available while exploring innovative ways to offer support along the continuum of care.
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.
The learning goals of this conference were incorporated into each of the presentations and sessions. By attending this conference, attendees will:
- 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
- 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
- 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
Keynote Speaker: Jarmichael Harris, MS, LCAS
Jarmichael Harris, MS, LCAS has become a voice of impact in the digital media realm. As Co-host and Producer of Professional Culture the Podcast, Mr. Harris doesn’t mind tackling tough yet relevant conversations around race, personal growth, and intersectionality. Carving his own lane as a subject matter expert in recovery supports, organizational development, and social media marketing, Harris has been featured on national podcasts. As a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Harris brings a unique perspective to addressing chemical dependency and a failed War on Drugs, while empowering the students he works with. Teaching a man to fish, is not just a philosophy but a way of life as Mr. Harris has helped to address food insecurity on campus through the development of a food pantry that is operated by students. Mr. Harris currently serves as the East Carolina University (ECU) Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator and Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor for the Center for Counseling and Student Development. As an advocate for the expansion of recovery support resources for underrepresented populations, Mr. Harris is an active member of the North Carolina Recovery Alliance Initiative and is a Board Member for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. He finds his youthfulness and love for the university as an asset in building rapport with the students he encounters. Mr. Harris was raised in Salisbury, NC and enjoys adventure sports such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and obstacle course racing.
Ted-Style Keynote Panel Featuring 4 Dynamic Speakers
Each of the presenters will have 10 minutes to present their experience and expertise in a highly rehearsed and engaging Ted-Style talk. There will be time for questions and answers for all of the panelists at the conclusion.
Attendees will hear from Unexpected Supporters and how they help support students with substance use and co-occurring disorders including:
Director of Student Success
Associate Professor of Communications and Digital Media
Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Sciences and
A current college student thriving in recovery
Frederick Shegog, Founder/CEO of The Message LLC, is inspiring, educating, and creating healthy lifestyles for all as a motivational speaker. He delivers powerful speeches on overcoming the disease of addiction and will share his own story on how Unexpected Supporters helped him thrive. Frederick is a high honor’s student, multiple scholarship winner, and been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer along with Recovery Campus Magazine, to name a few. To learn more about Frederick, visit his website, http://www.
Dr. Dan McDevitt (he/him/his) is the Director of Student Success at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. His office assists undergraduate day students in order to help them overcome obstacles on their path to graduation. Dan will provide information related to how Saint Joseph's University identifies and supports struggling students, as well as share success stories from his experience in the field.
Dr. Jennifer Carrano is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. Her research aims to identify modifiable factors that contribute to both risk behaviors and resilience among youth, with a particular focus on substance use behaviors. Jennifer will share some of this research as it pertains to siblings of those with Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders.
Dr. Bill Wolff is an Associate Professor of Communications and Digital Media in the Communication and Media department at Saint Joseph's University. In Fall 2018, Bill's students in two Digital Storytelling classes created "Start Talking SJU," a social media awareness campaign that encourages members of the Saint Joseph's University community to engage each other by discussing difficult, yet important topics, that are vital for a healthy, open, inclusive campus. The first two topics were Mental Health and Belonging.
Student Scholarship Information
Ammon Foundation Scholarship
Thank you to everyone who applied to this scholarship. The Ammon Foundation is proud to have seen so many solid applicants and selected a winner to receive $1,000 to put towards their education! The scholarship winner will be attending the conference and will be awarded the scholarship at the closing ceremony. You won't want to miss it!
The deadline of June 1, 2019 at 12pm has passed and this scholarship application is closed.
ProA Conference Travel Scholarship
Thank you to everyone who applied to this scholarship. Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (ProA) is proud to have given 10 scholarships to students traveling to attend this conference. ProA acknowledges the importance of this education for any students in recovery or students going into a field supporting those in recovery.
The deadline of July 1, 2019 at 12pm has passed and this scholarship application is closed.
Additional BIG THANKS to the members of the Planning Committee hailing from all over the region:
- Patty Esnouf, Saint Joseph's University
- Jessica Estok, University of Delaware
- Lisa Hansinger, Saint Joseph's University
- Eric Johnsen, Saint Joseph's University
- Stacey McLean, Saint Joseph's University
- Bill Stauffer, Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance
- Sharon White, Saint Joseph's University
Pictures from 2018 Marginalized to Empowered Conference
Directions and Parking:
The conference will take place in Mandeville Hall on the corner of 54th and City Ave. (5400 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131 for GPS)
Parking is available in the Hawks' Landing parking garage across the street from Mandeville Hall off of 54th Street (above Starbucks).
Coming from 76: Exit onto City Ave and drive through 12 stop lights. After the Dunkin Donuts, you'll see the stone buildings and SJU flags. At the next light, make a left onto 54th Street...
Coming from Lancaster Ave: Turn onto City Ave and drive through 6 stop lights. You'll start to see stone buildings and SJU flags. At the next light, make a right onto 54th street...
Once on 54th Street - make a left into the parking lot just before the Starbucks and you'll see the entrance to the parking garage called Hawks' Landing just behind the Starbucks to your right. The gate will be open for the day and you'll be able to park free of charge - courtesy of Saint Joseph's University Office of Public Safety. Once parked, walk out to 54th Street and cross 54th street into the parking lot on the other side of the street. Mandeville Hall will be directly in front of you. There will be signs and a gate attendant at the entrance to the lot to help with directions if needed.