Written by Jessica Briscoe ‘19, Co-Founder of Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis
How did you hear about SSDP?
My lovely friend, Amy Hildebrand ‘16!
Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?
I wanted to get involved in SSDP because the War on Drugs has destroyed thousands of lives in the United States, and I believe our generation has the capacity to change the criminal justice system. All drugs must be legalized and decriminalized, and past convictions must be expunged.
What has the reception been like on campus? From students, teachers, administration, etc.
Jeremy and I have just begun discussions regarding starting a chapter. My fellow students at my Indiana law school are more wary and less knowledgeable about the topic of drug reform.
What are some of the things you have planned or want to plan for next semester?
Ideally, I would like to work on setting up tabling events on campus to accelerate membership. I also hope to be a part of the annual conference this coming spring.
What is the most challenging part of your experience starting/running the chapter so far?
Figuring out where to start and trying to get a positive reception from faculty and the administration.
What is the most rewarding part?
Knowing that we, as students, have the ability to enact change. Also, meeting people who hold the same values and passion as I do.
What are you most excited about for your chapter, school, state, or region right now?
I am excited to introduce this area of policy to a largely conservative campus.
What is your vision for your SSDP? Where do you see your chapter in a year? In 4 or 5 years?
As a second-year law student, I only have one year left of campus life. Therefore, I hope to develop a solid foundation of SSDP on campus that future students can grow. However, I hope to become a Public Defender, and I believe that my experience in SSDP will help secure me a job at a Public Defender Agency.