Stacia Wallis

17
May

You Think That Excuse Stands?

by A. Kathryn Parker ’06 I’ve heard every excuse in the book for not joining the Alumni Association. Most often, these excuses are flimsy at best. Here are the three excuses I hear too often, and why they’re wrong. “I don’t think I participated in SSDP enough as a student to be in the Alumni Association.” Did you do anything

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16
May

Kicking off our Alumni Association Spring Graduation Membership Drive

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The recently launched SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for

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12
Apr

16 tips on how to make the most of your #SSDP2016 experience

SSDP2016, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference will commence on Friday! With such an action packed few days, it can be a lot to take in, so I asked SSDP alumni if they had any tips for first-time conference goers on making the most of your conference experience and here are some of their suggestions: “Make/bring business cards.” – Victor

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6
Apr

Announcing the 2016 SSDP award nominees

10 days from today, at SSDP2016, we will recognize outstanding achievements of our network during the awards ceremony. We’re proud to announce the nominees for each award below. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work! Change Beyond Campus Bowling Green State University California State University Long Beach Irish SSDP chapters Ohio State University University of California Davis University of New Mexico

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4
Apr

Meet the 2016 Alumni Association Leadership Board

Last month, the Alumni Association held its first-ever Leadership Board elections, electing an outstanding group to serve in the coming year. The Leadership Board is responsible for coordinating alumni activities and involvement on a regional and national level. Each region has a Leadership Board comprised of a President, Vice President, and Secretary (at least in theory – there are vacancies

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17
Feb

This is how you get yourself to SSDP2016

SSDP2016 is just two months away! That means now is the time to get all of your ducks in a row to make sure you’re able to attend. To make things easier, we’ve laid out the 3 most important steps that students should take right away:   Register Arrange travel Arrange lodging Step 1: REGISTER If you’re using CAT points

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9
Feb

Run for a leadership position in the SSDP Alumni Association

It’s election season everywhere, even at the SSDP Alumni Association. It’s been a year since the inception of the Association, which means it’s time to have our very first Leadership Board elections. The first Leadership Board members were appointed by staff and other Board members. But their one-year terms are expiring, and they need to be re-elected or replaced. Here’s

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9
Feb

Vote for your favorite SSDP2016 session ideas

Here at SSDP, we’re serious about being a grassroots organization. We asked you to submit ideas for sessions or topics you’d like to see at our next conference, SSDP2016. Now we’re taking that a step further by inviting SSDP students to vote on your favorites! Voting is only open for a few days, so don’t miss your chance to cast

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26
Jan

10 years ago today, I was arrested for marijuana possession

I was 18 years old, and it was the night before classes began for my second semester as a freshman at the University of Maryland. I was smoking a joint alone in my dorm room to relax before I went to bed when I heard a knock at the door. Without a peephole to see who it was, nor the

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6
Jan

Early bird conference registration for SSDP2016 now available

“This conference (SSDP2014) attracted the nicest, most passionate, down to earth people I’ve ever met. I made friends for a lifetime while gaining skills I know I’ll use to change the world. It. Was. Awesome.” SSDP2016 this April will be no different. This year’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference will bring together hundreds of students, alumni and supporters for

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30
Dec

Our favorite 15 highlights of 2015

2015 was a banner year for SSDP, and you can read all about our favorite 15 highlights of the year below. With unprecedented opportunities for local, state, national, and international reform, 2016 could be even bigger with more chapter growth, more new programs, and more new policy changes as a result. We couldn’t be more excited about what our student

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15
Dec

Ariana's story

Our growing network of 4,000 members on 300 campuses in 12 countries is full of outstanding young people, and it’s my honor to be able to share just a few of their stories with you this holiday season. It’s because of the support of people like you that today will mean our growing network of 4,000 student members — members

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4
Dec

SSDP Alumni Association Newsletter: Fall 2015

I’m excited to share the first edition of SSDP’s Alumni Association newsletter with you. The Association’s Leadership Board decided to provide this newsletter after alumni reported they wanted to hear from SSDP more, know what the national organization, individual chapters, and fellow alumni are doing. In each issue, we will highlight at least one chapter and an alumnus, as well

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28
Oct

The 2014-2015 SSDP Annual Report

We’re proud to share with you the 2014-2015 Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Report.This 48-page document showcases some of our accomplishments, media highlights, numbers, campaigns, chapters, events, financial information, and more from the past program year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).

7
Oct

Participate in the annual SSDP membership survey

As we are a grassroots network, your opinions about how and what we do are invaluable to us. Once you submit your survey responses, you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes that include $50 and $20 Amazon gift cards, free t-shirts, and other merchandise. Thank you in advance for participating in our fourth annual SSDP membership survey!  Please select

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1
Oct

Today is SSDP’s birthday!

In the fall of 1996, members of the Student Drug Reform Movement (SDRM) began to chat over the internet using a Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) discussion page. In 1997, the Rochester Cannabis Coalition (RCC) at the Rochester Institute of Technology applied to become the first official student organization dedicated to fighting back against the War on Drugs. RIT denied

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24
Jun

Participate in the SSDP Alumni Association program survey

Earlier this year, we launched the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association to keep our activists engaged after they graduate. With over 130 members in 65 cities across the country, the Alumni Association continues to grow! Since the program is still in pilot phase, we’re seeking feedback from all SSDP alumni so we can make changes and improvements to

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27
May

Big news! Save the date for SSDP2016: April 15-17

Mark your calendar! The next Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference, SSDP2016, will take place Friday April 15 – Sunday April 17, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, just minutes from Washington, DC. UNGASS Actions New York, NY April 19-21 SSDP is working with our global allies to advocate for a sensible approach to drug policy at the United Nations

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15
May

24 signs you’re an SSDPer

Today is the last day of our spring SSDP Alumni Association membership drive! Each day this week we’ve featured blog posts from our alumni, be sure to check them out. Being a part of Students for Sensible Drug Policy is a truly unique, life-changing experience. So, last week I asked a few of our alumni to help me come up

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15
May

Advice for new grads: Making the most of networking and first impressions

As many students are graduating this spring, they’ll enter the professional world for the first time. There’s a lot of advice out there for new grads, but let’s start with something relatively easy – networking! 1. Learn how to remember names and faces.  The best piece of advice someone ever gave me about trying to remember names is, ”Just try.”

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14
May

School’s Out: Staying Involved with SSDP After Graduation

You just graduated, or are graduating soon, and you find yourself wondering whether you still have a place in Students for Sensible Drug Policy now that you’re no longer a student. Due to the organization’s name, many wonder this. But have no doubt, even after you’re no longer a student, you’re still a part of SSDP. In fact, I became

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13
May

Rob and Casey: An SSDP Love Story

Written by Rob Pfountz, Heartland Region Vice President, SSDP Alumni Association As a proud member of the SSDP Alumni Association, I imagine that my fellow alumni can look back fondly on their early collegiate dating lives and some of those cringe-worthy awkward moments. Surely each of you can recall at least one evening when that cute prospect lost their appeal

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11
May

Spring Alumni Association Membership Drive

As the spring semester draws to a close, many students will be graduating and moving on from school to the next chapter of their lives. Being a part of an SSDP chapter is a defining part of many students’ college experiences, I know it certainly was for me! The recently launched SSDP Alumni Association aims to provide a framework for

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12
Feb

Announcing the SSDP Alumni Association!

Today we’re so proud to announce the launch of the new Students for Sensible Drug Policy Alumni Association! Tens of thousands of people have been involved with an SSDP chapter since our founding in 1998, and the Alumni Association provides a structure for these folks to stay engaged with the SSDP network and to continue working to end the War

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31
Dec

Top 14 SSDP highlights of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, Students for Sensible Drug Policy reflects on our top 14 highlights of the year: 1. Increasing impacts before, and after, elections 2014 was a big year for marijuana policy reform. Voters in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. With a modest investment in

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