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The ARHE Equity and Justice in Collegiate Recovery Discussion Series

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education presents: The ARHE Equity and Justice in Collegiate Recovery Discussion Series.

The ARHE Equity and Justice Fellow is facilitating a series of monthly discussion meetings hosted by movement leaders from diverse communities to engage themes of social justice, equity, and inclusion and how these concepts intersect with programming, support, and services for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled students in recovery from addiction.

We will be hosting these discussion meetings each month starting in March 2021 through March 2022.

If you are interested in hosting a discusison meeting/workshop as part of our series, or if you have any questions or concerns please contact ARHE’s Justice & Equity Fellow, Dharma Mirza, at:

Folks with accessibility questions or accommodations please email us at:

Missed one of our sessions? Live sessions will be recorded and posted for free access.

Understanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Collegiate Recovery Using an Intersectional Lens

Tuesday, April 20, 2021  1:00-2:00 PM (ET)

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Presenter Bio:

Dr Kristine De Jesus is the Founder of The Wellness Cooperative and the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Program, Montclair State University.

Dr. De Jesus is an author, entrepreneur, and activist. She is co-host of the Engage Recovery: Meeting at the Intersection Podcast and founder of The Wellness Cooperative, a wellness center dedicated to serving BIPOC folx in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Dr De Jesus attended Rutgers University where she earned a BA in Psychology and Puerto Rican Studies.

She holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Alliant International University, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology where she specialized in Cross Cultural and Health Psychology. Dr De Jesus’s area of expertise is recovery, equity, intersectionality and strategies for reducing health disparities.

Webinar Description:

The Understanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Collegiate Recovery Using an Intersectional Lens webinar is focused on creating a working knowledge of how identities, power and privilege inform the development of collegiate recovery programs grounded in equity. This webinar will use the Wheel of Intersectional Identities ©  tool to help facilitate the discussion and allow participants to begin assessing ways in which their programs could be more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

Previous Sessions

Including Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Communities in Collegiate Recovery

Recording will be available soon.

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Presenter Bio: 

Dharma Mirza (she/her) is the 2020-21 ARHE Justice & Equity Fellow. Dharma attends Oregon State University, studying Public Health, Queer Studies and Medical Humanities. Dharma focuses her work and research on harm reduction, sexual health, addiction, public health equity, and the intersections of behavioral health and marginalized health populations. Dharma informs her work through intersectional, feminist, and decolonial frameworks and draws on her own experiences in navigating health/harm reduction services as an HIV-positive, queer, biracial transgender woman, Khwaja Sira (Pakistani Third Gender), and former survival sex worker and IV drug user. 

Webinar Description: 

In this webinar we will explore issues of gender equity and inclusion and ways that folks can work to make their CRC/CRP more inclusive for trans, gender non-conforming, and gender diverse communities.