Researchers at the University of California, Merced, won a $5 million grant
Jessica “JaeJae” Julian (2010) and Marko Zivanovic (2014) are proving that giving back shortly after graduation can be possible.
Last fall, UC Merced’s first peer-led recovery program — known as Bobcats for Recovery — began meeting weekly to help support undergraduate and graduate students in recovery from substance use disorders.
As the recovery group’s first coordinator, student John Dovales Flores worked to educate others and change the support culture on campus.
“When you’re doing outreach, there’s a stigma around drug use and recovery,” he said. “We are trying to change the way that we talk about addiction — in the group and across campus.”
Carlos Castillo-Chavez has had, by all accounts, an extraordinarily successful academic career.
He began as an immigrant from Mexico City and wound up researching and teaching at Cornell University for 18 years before moving to Arizona State University in 2004 — with multiple awards and honors in between.
But he didn’t do it alone.
The Victory Over Violence (VOV) exhibit is on display through April 1 in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, Room 355, to help raise awareness of the need to overcome violence.