University of Texas at Arlington will launch a new Center for Students in
Recovery this fall to provide support, resources and a safe environment for
students who are recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction.
center will operate under the UT Arlington Division of Student Affairs and be funded
in part by a $100,000 grant from The University of Texas System Board of
Regents. The board allocated $1 million toward the establishment of Collegiate
Recovery Centers at eight of the System’s nine academic institutions last fall.
are pleased to be able to start a student in recovery program to meet the
wellness needs of our students that present with alcohol and drug concerns,”
said Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.
estimated 10 percent of U.S. adults are in a state of recovery from drugs or
alcohol, Lamas said. The center will offer recovery coaching, programming,
sober social activities and mentorship for students across the campus.
earlier those individuals can reach that state of recovery, the more likely
they are to be successful in college and life beyond,” Lamas said.
UT System centers will be modeled after the UT Austin Center for Students in Recovery, which was founded in 2004. Each year, the
UT Austin center serves about 200 people affected by addiction. Last year, the
center won the 2012 American College Health Association Best Practices in
College Health Award for its efforts to help collegiate students in recovery.
Board of Regents has a sincere interest in ensuring the success of its students
both in and out of the classroom,” said Steven Hicks, UT System Regent and a strong
supporter of the initiative. “We are profoundly grateful to UT Austin and its
Center for Students in Recovery for leading an effort to implement more
recovery programs across all campuses. And we are incredibly proud of our
students who seek support and help when they need it.”
about 40 institutions of higher education offer some level of support earmarked
for students in recovery. But only 25 campuses nationwide currently operate
centers similar to the one planned for UT Arlington, said Heather Snow,
assistant vice president for Student Affairs.
location of UT Arlington’s new Center for Students in Recovery is still being
finalized. Initial staffing will come from graduate assistants and staff from
other offices within Student Affairs.
The division is currently seeking faculty members and University
staff who are interested in shaping the direction of the center to serve as mentors and volunteers.
want people who understand the battles the students face in their recovery
journey, whether those experiences are your own or your experience with a
family member or friend,” Snow said. “Our students can benefit from your
willingness to stand by their side as an ally.”
Arlington faculty, staff, students, and community businesses that want to
partner with the Center for Students in Recovery are invited to attend a reception
scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the E. H. Hereford University
Center’s Palo Duro Lounge, 300 W. First St.
more information about the UT Arlington Center for Students in Recovery,
contact Heather Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (817) 272-2354.
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