WVU has played a significant role in planning the first West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Conference slated for Oct. 20. Hosted by the West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network, the virtual conference will offer sessions on developing successful and sustainable collegiate recovery programs and communities, understanding best practices for inclusive programming, demonstrating the financial benefits of recovery services and more.
The conference will feature speakers from the Association of Recovery in Higher Education and firsthand accounts on the importance of collegiate recovery programs from current members and alumni, including WVU employees and students.
In 2015, WVU became the first school in the state to develop a recovery program and now there are nine programs and communities in West Virginia.
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with WVCRN to help other programs across the state grow and thrive,” said Olivia Dale Pape, a member of the conference planning committee and presenter and director of collegiate recovery at WVU. “Our members tell us the social support that they have received through the program is unparalleled and we want every part of the state to be able to offer these services and opportunities to college students in recovery. No one should have to choose between their recovery or their education.”