Students Recover

Our Mission

To provide a digital student recovery community that centers the needs of students of color in higher education.

Our Vision

To transform the lives of students experiencing substance use and other mental health issues by addressing social determinants of health and cultivating a community of care dedicated to restorative justice and collective liberation.


Our Story

Our Purpose:

Students Recover is driven by a mission to positively impact the lives of students who face the most barriers to their survival and academic success. Being acutely aware of the systemic barriers that BIPOC, Queer, and Disabled face—and how their faces are often underrepresented within collegiate recovery communities—Dr. Kristine De Jesus has committed the last ten years of her career to change these dominant paradigms and increase access to people who need it most. With the support of the Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton University, Students Recover is the first of its kind, globally: an organization dedicated to serving the needs of students in recovery with non-dominant identities. Our work is simple: providing a community of care that increases access to online resources and recovery supports while removing barriers to success.

Our Founding Principles

Existing programs are based in white supremacy and are not designed by/for people from marginalized communities.

Substance Use is a mental health diagnosis and not a moral failing.

Mental health issues and substance use are intimately related.

Harm Reduction minimizes negative consequences and improves health outcomes.

Recovery is a dynamic, relational process focused on well-being and connection.

Collective liberation is essential to the health and well-being of the individual and the community.