Sonia Redwine

Department: RISE

Bio: Sonia Redwine, MPH, MCHES® (she/her) is the director of the Recovery and Intervention Support and Education (RISE) Center at the University of North Texas. She also serves as a public health adjunct instructor for UNT's Rehabilitation and Health Services department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Her professional experience includes improving health and wellbeing at individual and community levels in community based and higher education settings, with an emphasis on behavioral health. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.

What does your role entail/what do you do: The RISE Center provides substance use prevention education, peer recovery support for students in recovery from mental health, substance use, and other behavioral health concerns. We provide “hope with facts” for students looking to make and sustain change in their life. I appreciate the opportunity to make community level prevention programs, as well as work individually with students, support my staff, and serve alongside my colleagues to create opportunities for students to thrive academically, socially and in their wellbeing.

What is your favorite part about working at UNT: My commute! Seriously, I enjoy working and living in the community that I serve. It allows me the opportunity to better support our students by knowing the resources available to them on and off campus. And the mac and cheese at Avesta. YUM!

How have UNT students impacted your life? Whether it is the newest social media trend, what they are learning in class, or seeing the aha moments they have in their lives, I am always learning from our students and inspired by the things they accomplish. They help me to be empathetic, think critically, have fun, and grow as a professional and as person.

Fun fact about you: I broke my first and only bone when I was 35 years old skating with my kids. The doctor said this was a common injury for people my age. Ha!

What's an identity you're proud to share with others at UNT? I am proud to be a first generation student, Latina, recovery ally, mom, partner, daughter, and sister, to name a few.

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