Recovery at the U

About Recovery at the U (RU)

We provide a safe, caring, and affirming space for students who are in recovery or are seeking recovery from substance use. We strive to foster a supportive recovery community where students can feel empowered, resourced, and engaged to achieve academic and personal success.  

We are not a clinical program but we work to support students in recovery through referrals to campus resources, RU events and activities, and more.      

The Beginnings

This Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) all started with students in recovery.  Back in 2016, the CRP was initially funded by in-kind donations and received a grant that was submitted to Transforming Youth in Recovery (TYR) which resulted in $10,000 of funding to begin building a CRP here at the U. In the spring of 2016, Recover at the U (RU) became an official student organization within the university’s ASUU student leadership and involvement program. Beginning in the summer of 2017, Recover at the U’s faculty advisor (Dr. Jason Castillo) and members of leadership began work on seeking state funding by way of 2018 Utah state legislative session. In March of 2018, on the last day of the session, RU was awarded the necessary funds in order to house a CRP to stay, making RU the first CRP in the nation to receive state funding. Jim Carroll, the director of the office of national drug control policy heard about this achievement and personally met with the students and faculty of RU to learn more about who RU is and what RU does. Today, the program continues to evolve as the heart and soul of this cause thrives with each new member to Recovery at the U.

What We Provide

  • Access to member-only meetings. 
  • Connection to a community of peers in recovery. 
  • 1:1 meeting with staff from the Recovery at the U program. 
  • Opportunity for growth and development by upholding key roles in the collegiate recovery community. 
  • (Coming soon) Support groups. 
  • (Coming soon) Provide psychoeducational groups tailored around recovery and relapse prevention. 


Student members must maintain student status as it coincides with the University’s policies and procedures and uphold the standards that are expected from all University students. Uphold the standards of responsible class attendance, academic mentoring and advisement, and study support. Members are expected to raise campus and community awareness and to advocate and reduce stigma of substance use disorders and mental illness. 

Benefits of membership:   

  • Being a part of a strong, supportive, and accepting community of university peers. 
  • Training opportunities for leadership positions. 
  • Getting connected with a variety of campus resources that support recovery. 
  • Service, leadership, and professional development opportunities. 
  • Support or be supported by a university peer within the recovery community. 
  • The opportunity to hold a leadership role and help implement ideas for the recovery community. 
  • (Coming soon) Scholarships for student leadership positions.

Interested in joining the community?

Fill out our interest form here.

We hope you join the community!

Get in touch

Recovery Program Coordinator

Liz Spencer
SSB 330
(801) 581 7776



Recovery Program Assistant

Vincent Nguyen
SSB 330
(801) 581 7776


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.


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.



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.



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



Join the Center for Student Wellness in creating a well and thriving campus community! The CSW has a variety of options for students to get involved.