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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Janay Garrett, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Dean Garrett earned her B.A. from Princeton, with a major in Sociology and a certificate in African American Studies, and her M.A. from California State University Long Beach, in Education. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, expected to compete her degree in spring 2022.
Dean Garrett brings ten years of experience in education, with PreK-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, and most recently taught the graduate-level seminar at the University of Pennsylvania “Social Justice Frameworks in Developmental Psychology: Applied Frameworks for Critical Research.” She has also held roles as a PreK-12 and higher education instructor and consultant, restorative justice practitioner and trainer, education policy director, racial literacy facilitator and Executive Director of H.R.
With a focus on the developmental transition to motherhood, known as Matrescence (Sacks, 2019), my research agenda explores how Black birthing women who are first-time mothers story their transition to motherhood. Integrating Critical Race Theory and Motherwork, her dissertation explores if and how first-time Black mothers experience and negotiate competing identity tensions within personal relationships and community connection(s). Identity in this case, refers to both personal and sociopolitical identities that become foreground or background in the context of each person’s first transition into motherhood.
Janay Mae Garrett is a Black Chicana MotherScholar, born and raised in Stockton, CA. She is a fan of all things magical and fantastical, gets lost in complicated puzzles, board games or sudoku, and favors hip hop in her musical selections. As a creative pastime, the Garrett family, including Dean Garrett’s husband, James, and their two children, Janai and James II, enjoy painting and making music or documentary-style family films. Unable to get by these days without a good cup of coffee, Café Bustelo is her cup of choice.
Katrina “Trina” Garry, 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.
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.