Callie Nunez, a Senior nursing major at UMass Dartmouth, has distinguished herself as a leader and a scholar on and off campus for her unwavering dedication to public health and her courageous work on one of the most critical issues of our time - substance abuse disorder. Her leadership on this pressing issue has included a multi-dimensional approach that includes education, prevention, and recovery and has engaged the medical community, policy makers, and wellness community. She has made numerous presentations on campus and off campus to raise awareness about addiction and started a UMass Dartmouth chapter of Young People in Recovery whose mission is to empower people in recovery and advocate for effective recovery resources. As evidence of her active citizenship the UMass Dartmouth chapter of Young People in Recovery received the "Break Out Chapter of the Year" at the Young People In Recovery National Leadership Conference.
As a nursing student at UMass Dartmouth my passion has been to actively lead the charge to address the issue of opioid addiction recovery planning and to pursue a Doctorate in Nursing specializing in addiction. For the last two years, I have worked to establish a Young People in Recovery chapter on campus with activities that have included, workshops and training, movie screenings and keynote events, as well as a signature "Steps Towards Recovery" awareness event in collaboration with the Bristol County District Attorney's Office , the Town of Dartmouth, LiveWell: The Office of Health Education, Promotion, & Wellness, and Nurses to Prevent Opioid Abuse. I was honored when the campus chapter of Young People in Recovery received the 2016 received the "Break Out Chapter of the Year Award" from Young People in Recovery National Leadership Conference in recognition of our efforts. I am committed to public health - locally, nationally, and internationally. I have participated in the Student Nurses Association and Global Health Collaborative; the College of Nursing's study abroad program to Haiti where I worked in various clinical settings operated by Partners in Development and have completed a two-year commitment as the volunteer coordinator for the Samaritans of Bristol County MA.