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
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.
Dianne Kaiyoorawongs graduated from Yale in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As a student, Dianne was a Freshman Counselor in Ezra Stiles College, and she is passionate about working in student affairs. Dianne is originally from Sarasota, Florida and in her free time she enjoys being outdoors and soaking up the sun, traveling internationally, and cooking new and interesting foods. Dianne loves New Haven and is grateful to be a part of the vibrant community in and around Yale as a Student Affairs Fellow.
Yonas Takele graduated from Yale College this past May with a double major in Sociology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Yonas is very excited to be a part of the YCDO team as a Student Affairs Fellow. As a student, Yonas cultivated his interest in student affairs through his work as a staffer at the Afro-American Cultural Center, a Cultural Connections Counselor, and as a board member of multiple student organizations. Yonas is from Lawrenceville, Georgia by way of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He enjoys the peculiar intricacies of cooking eggplant, baking bread, and will soon embark on making his own cheeses.
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.
Hieronimus “Harry” Loho graduated from Yale College in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology. He is a fierce advocate for mental health and hopes to one day become a psychiatrist. During his time at Yale, he worked to spread mental health awareness by founding Mental Health Educators, a group that hosts discussion-based workshops for the Yale community. Harry also conducted data science research - using machine learning to improve the treatment of schizophrenia. He is excited to bring his passion for health education and advocacy to AODHRI and Office of Gender and Campus Culture.
Jessica is a 2nd year MPH student in the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She started working for the Office of Gender and Campus Culture in Ocotber of 2017, and currently helps on projects with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative (AODHRI). Her public health and research interests include young adult health and prevention education. Prior to beginning her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health, Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.