About us: AODHRI

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative is a branch of the Yale College Dean’s Office dedicated to reducing the various harms - physical, psychological, academic, and social - of drug and alcohol use among Yale undergraduates. We work with students, administrators, health services, police and security, and faculty to make sure students have the information and skill set they need to make smart choices regarding alcohol and drugs, and to create an environment that is conducive to those choices.  This work takes many forms.  A few of them include education programs, collaboration with other institutions, policy evaluation, social activity organizing, and data collection and analysis.

AODHRI is funded out of the President’s Office and has been in existence roughly since August 2011 and under its current name since January 2013. You can contact AODHRI anytime at aodhri@yale.edu

Personnel

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Melanie Boyd is an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Yale College Dean’s Office, Director of the Office of Gender and Campus Culture, and Acting Director of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm-Reduction Initiative.  When she can, Melanie also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.  Both her scholarly and administrative work focuses on gender, sex, and sexuality, with a particular attention to issues of sexual violence and cultural transformation. In collaboration with many colleagues and students, Melanie works to better prevent and respond to campus sexual misconduct.  At the undergraduate level, she has created the Communication and Consent Educators program, in which a diverse group of students work within and across communities to foster a more positive sexual climate at Yale; they lead workshops and discussions, but their core task is to activate foundational culture change.  Melanie holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Yale, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Emory, and a PhD in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

Student Affairs Fellow

Katrina “Trina” Garry is a recent Yale College Class of 2018 graduate. During her time at Yale, she was an active member of the cross country and track teams. Trina graduated with a B.A. in Global Affairs and a certificate in Education Studies. In her Education Studies capstone, “High School Consent Education: Working to Eradicate Rape Culture”, she developed 5 lesson plans with the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence for high schoolers to learn about healthy relationships, boundary setting, and cultivating a community of respect. She is excited to continue to pursue her passions in education and community building by splitting her time between AODHRI and the Office of Gender and Campus Culture. 

Student Affairs Fellow

Eilaf Elmileik graduated from Yale College in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology, concentrating in Health & Society. Last year, Eilaf was a Woodbridge Fellow in the Office of International Affairs and supported the Yale Africa Initiative. During her time as a Yale College student, she was heavily involved with the Yale Black Women’s Coalition. She was also active in a cappella at Yale, singing with Shades of Yale for three years and with Whim ’n Rhythm as a senior. Eilaf was in Timothy Dwight College - as a senior, she served as head first year counselor, and she continues to be involved in TD as a fellow of the college. Eilaf is deeply committed to uplifting and supporting students, building strong and healthy community, and always striving for equity and justice. She is looking forward to bringing her interests to the work of Office of Gender and Campus Culture and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative and continuing her work at the University.