A Message from Collegiate Recovery Specialist Austin Brown, LMSW

The DCC seeks to support and encourage students who hold complex identities and who face unique challenges on campus. As part of our mission, the DCC actively seeks to engage and support students who are living in recovery from substance use disorders.

The rigors of college, and the social norms of college life can be challenging for students, particularly for those students who are living an abstinence-based or substance-free lifestyle. In keeping with the traditions of both Syracuse University and the Disability Cultural Center, we recognize the need for programming, community, and support for students living these lifestyles.

The Orange Recovery Community at Syracuse is a loose collection of undergraduate and graduate students who are living in recovery from substance use disorders and who are interested in fostering a community to support fellow students in recovery, as well as students currently struggling with substances. We support a variety of recovery pathways, and in keeping with the traditional values of recovery, we are open to anyone who may be in recovery or seeking recovery.

This is our first year (’19-’20), and we are particularly interested in a developing our student leadership and fostering student-led guidance for the future of our organization from students living in long-term recovery. We could use your service and commitment to recovery to help carve out a space for our population here at Syracuse.

We are located on the fifth floor of the Bird library in the Cultural Centers Suite, room 548. We have a comfortable place for studying, free coffee, and a welcoming staff. Please drop by and grab a cup of coffee or set up a time to talk to me, community peer leader Austin. You can also reach me directly at abrown48@syr.edu as well.


  • Facilitating on-campus meeting space.
  • Coordinating sober events and having fun.
  • Peer Mentoring.
  • Learning how to talk about your recovery.
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator Training Scholarship Program.
  • Study space, coffee, comfy chairs.
  • Connection to resources for recovery both on-campus and off.
  • We can help address a variety of concerns from transitioning to campus living, to balancing your recovery with your school obligations.
  • Providing a recovery-supportive home base here at Syracuse.