UT Austin Wellness Network

Substance Use Safety Committee

The Substance Use Safety (SUS) Committee seeks to support the Wellness Network’s overarching goals by identifying opportunities to enhance community dialogue around substance use safety. This includes supporting ongoing programming as well as initiating strategic planning to address unidentified opportunities. The SUS Committee aims to include a broad range of voices and perspectives to address substance safety in the most supportive and inclusive manner. All campus community members with an interest in promoting safer use of substances, and/or a healthier environment in general, are encouraged to participate.

What is substance use safety?

Substance use safety refers to the mindful approach toward the use of substances, such as alcohol or other drugs, that is part of a holistic conversation of health. This approach may include conversations related to harm reduction, recovery, abstinence, and/or moderate use.

Why join?

  • Provide leadership by contributing creative ideas and input from your department or organization
  • Advocate for the wellness of our community
  • Express and support the values of your department or organization
  • Participate in the improvement of campus culture

Committee Initiatives & Supported Efforts:

The SUS Committee enhances safety in the following ways:

  • Addressing high-risk substance use through a lens of harm reduction. Throughout the year, we will focus our efforts toward high-risk events such as Round Up and Tailgating.
  • Offering education and programming to engage the community in dialogue that acknowledges the vast range of experiences with substance use.
  • Identifying opportunities for growth and advocacy around the issue of safer substance use, as it might relate to policies or in promoting educational programming

Committee representation:

  • UT Center for Students in Recovery
  • University Health Services
  • UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
  • Longhorn Wellness Center
  • Office of the Dean of Students- Sorority and Fraternity Life
  • UT College of Pharmacy
  • The Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • UTPD
  • Operation Naloxone

Contact Information

To get involved, contact the committee co-chairs:

Winston Chapman, Center for Students in Recovery Program Coordinator

Kate Lower, SHIFT Director