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About Recovery at the U (RU)

Our purpose is to support students in or seeking recovery through community to achieve academic and personal success while enjoying a healthy, balanced, and genuine college experience.

RU is not a clinical treatment program but a peer support community.

The Beginnings

This Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) all started with students in recovery. Back in 2016, the CRP – at the time a registered student organization – was initially funded by in-kind donations and a grant from Transforming Youth in Recovery (TYR) which began the building of a CRP here at the U. In March of 2018 on the last day of Utah’s state legislative session, thanks to the work of Recovery at the U’s faculty advisor (Dr. Jason Castillo) and other leaders, RU was awarded the necessary funds to house a CRP to stay, making RU the first CRP in the nation to receive state funding. Today, the program continues to evolve as the heart and soul of this cause thrives with each new member to RU.

What We Provide

  • Connections to a Community of Peers in Recovery
  • Recovery Meetings
  • 1:1 Meeting with RU staff
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Activities and Events
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Connections to Resources
  • And More!

Interested in joining the community?

Fill out our interest form and our coordinator will reach out to you!

RU Interest Form

Fall 2023 Calendar

Recovery Meetings

  • SMART Recovery Meetings: Fridays at 9:30am in the Women's Resource Center (Union Rm 411)
  • SMART Recovery Family and Friends Meetings: two Thursdays a month at 12pm, on Zoom – Email Liz Spencer ( to register!
    • September: 14th, 28th
    • October: 19th, 26th
    • November: 9th, 30th
    • December: 7th


  • Sober Tailgating – UT v FL – Thursday, August 31st @ 3pm on Tailgate Island
  • Recovery Awareness Days – one Monday a month, 11am-1pm in Union Lobby:
    • September 18th
    • October 16th
    • November 13th
    • December 4th
  • Harm Reduction Awareness Tabling – one day a month, variable locations/times
    • Wednesday, September 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm, Marriott Library East Entrance
    • Thursday, October 5th, 10am-12pm, Farmer’s Market in Tanner Plaza
    • Thursday, November 2nd, 12pm – 2pm, Mariott Library East Entrance
  • Volunteering Opportunities
    • Bennion Center’s Service Corner Nights
      • Wednesday, September 6th, 6-8pm, KV 1010
      • Wednesday, October 18th, 6-8pm, KV 1010

Get in touch

Recovery Program Coordinator

Liz Spencer

Liz Spencer 
SSB 330
(801) 581 7776


Our Student Services Building location is open Monday - Friday from 8AM - 5PM. We provide a number of resources and services for the campus community including workshops and trainings, Victim-Survivor advocacy services, STI/HIV testing, student involvement opportunities and more.

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A variety of trainings on different health and wellness topics. Participants leave with practical skills and a better understanding of how to create a healthier and safer campus community.


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Free and confidential support for students, faculty or staff who have experienced interpersonal violence (rape, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, dating or domestic violence). Located in the Student Services Building.


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Drop-in HIV testing in the Student Life Center and mobile gonorrhea/chlamydia testing. Both tests are free for current U students.


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Participant in a one-on-one collaborative conversation where a coach will aid you in achieving your health and wellness goals. Our wellness coach will help you take small, attainable steps towards improving your wellbeing.

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Last Updated: 10/18/23