Washington college students build campus harm-reduction support networks

When Mary Meyer started at Skagit Valley College (SVC) in 2021, she had not set foot in a classroom since graduating from high school almost 30 years prior. Six months before starting classes, she had been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for soliciting drugs.

Upon her release from the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Meyer felt rudderless, facing the challenges of life as a convicted felon while starting the uphill battle of recovery from substance reliance.

Meyer’s parole officer put her in contact with Aaron Kirk, the student success navigator for the reentry program at SVC. The reentry program provides support for people who have been incarcerated and are looking to pursue higher education.

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