Jake Agliata ’11
Regional Outreach Coordinator
Jake Agliata (’11) is the Outreach Coordinator for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and International regions, where he is responsible for advising and developing chapters and chapter leaders. Jake first got involved with Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2011 when he co-founded the chapter at Dickinson College, eventually serving as president from 2012 to 2014. In his time at Dickinson, Jake led several initiatives to re-write the school’s misconduct policies based around student safety rather than punishment. He also reached out to other groups on campus to host bi-monthly tabling events linking drug policy reform with other popular social justice causes.
In addition to his work on campus, Jake organized lobby days in support of two key marijuana policy reform bills in Pennsylvania; SB 528 (The Regulate Marijuana Act) & SB 1182 (The Compassionate Use of Cannabis Act). He also hosted a PA gubernatorial candidate for a town hall on marijuana policy reform. An avid writer, Jake has been published in various online and print publications since 2007.
Jake organized his first protest back in 2009 in response to election fraud in Iran’s presidential elections. Since then, he has become a strong believer in the power of grassroots, youth-led movements to enact change.
In his time at Dickinson, Jake’s chapter was successful in getting the school to hire its first professional drug and alcohol counselor and was personally involved in the hiring process. He also wrote a petition signed by over 400 students calling for a Good Samaritan Policy and the equalization of marijuana and alcohol penalties. He worked with other student groups on campus to demonstrate the intersections between drug policy and other social justice causes, such as climate change, gender equality, and institutionalized racism.
In addition to his work on campus, Jake organized lobby days in support of medical and recreational marijuana legislation in Pennsylvania. He also hosted a 2014 PA gubernatorial candidate, John Hanger, for a town hall on marijuana policy reform.
Academic & Professional History
Jake graduated from Dickinson College in 2014 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Economics. During his Junior year he interned with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College, where he conducted research on mass atrocity/genocide prevention and religious violence in the Middle East. In addition to SSDP, Jake was very involved with WDCV 88.3 FM, Dickinson’s campus radio station, and served on the station’s executive board for 3 years.