Tyler Williams

1
Sep

SSDP Welcomes the University of South Dakota Chapter

I’m very excited to announce the formation of a newly established SSDP chapter at the University of South Dakota. I’ve been working with Jimmy and Lenette, co-leaders of the group, for some time now. After a long and arduous recognition process, they have emerged successful and started an SSDP chapter at USD that I believe will leave a lasting legacy

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31
Aug

SSDP Welcomes the Colorado College Chapter

It’s that time of the year again! School is back in session and newly established SSDP chapters are just rolling into outreach staffs’ inboxes. The folks at Colorado College are a newly established chapter and sent me some insight into what it’s been like for them to get started. Check it out! How did you hear about SSDP? One of

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16
Aug

Save the Date: 2016 SSDP Regional Conferences

We’ve just announced our 2016 Regional Conference dates and locations! Regional conferences are a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with SSDPers from your region. While typically not as large the national conferences, the regional nature of the events allow students to focus more on local and state issues. In chronological order: Northeast Region (October 1) Northeastern University – Boston,

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11
Aug

SSDP Welcomes the DePaul University Chapter

It’s the middle of August, and school is almost back in session, which means we are about to see another tidal wave of newly established SSDP chapters as students come back to campus. I’m happy that the first chapter I get to introduce to the network in the 2016-2017 school year is the re-established DePaul University chapter. I met Amy

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14
Jul

For My Birthday, Donate to the Organization that Changed My Life

Five years ago, I graduated from a high school class of 200 students and enrolled at the University of Connecticut, a public state university with over 30,000 people on campus. The culture shock of graduating from a rural high school to a state university was overwhelming. So I did what hundreds of thousands of college freshmen do every year: I

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6
Mar

SSDP Welcomes the Indiana University South Bend Chapter

Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of working Sky Santiago, our newest chapter leader from Indiana University South Bend. Her chapter recently became fully established, so in celebration, I asked her to tell us a little more about her plans for the future.   How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP through MAPS (Multidisciplinary  Association

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19
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Ohio University Chapter

If there’s one thing I love in this world, it’s newly established SSDP chapters. I’ve been in touch with students from Ohio University for a long while at this point, and I’m very excited to say that SSDP is finally welcoming them as a fully established chapter. Chapter Leader Brandon Kerr sent me some thoughts on their organization and its

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17
Feb

Ohio Students Testify in Support of Medical Marijuana

On January 30th, 2016, Ohio State Senators held a meeting to gauge residents’ opinions on medical marijuana in the state. Chapter leaders from the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University Students for Sensible Drug Policy attended the meeting to testify in support of medical marijuana. Below, watch a video of Alexander Dix, our Northeast Ohio Medical University chapter

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1
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Mankato State University Chapter

I’m very happy to write this blog post today. Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with Joseph Dosch of Mankato State University to set up an SSDP chapter on his campus. After a few weeks of paperwork and tabling, he has been officially recognized by the university. Please join me in welcoming the newest chapter to our

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24
Jan

SSDP Welcomes the Wayne State University Chapter

We have a newly established chapter in Michigan! I’d like to welcome Ahmad Khasawneh of Wayne State University to the SSDP family. Check out what he has to say about his new chapter and their hopes for the future! How did you hear about SSDP?  I was browsing through reddit one time and noticed that SSDP was running an Indiegogo

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21
Jan

SSDP Welcomes the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Chapter

I’m very happy to announce our newest Wisconsin-based chapter, led by Sam Dunkovich at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Read below to find out more about how he came to find out about SSDP and get involved. Thanks for your leadership, Sam! We’re all looking forward to working with you. How did you hear about SSDP? I first heard

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18
Jan

SSDP Takes the Presidential Primaries

    From January 4-6, New England College hosted the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Student Convention in Manchester, NH. Students for Sensible Drug Policy sponsored the event, held a panel session, and brought fourteen SSDP students and alumni to highlight drug policy reform as an important youth issue in the 2016 elections. This unique experience exposed students to the political

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28
Dec

SSDP Welcomes the University of Kentucky Chapter

As a little present for y’all around the holidays, I’d like to introduce our new chapter at the University of Kentucky. How did you hear about SSDP? I have followed the Drug Policy Alliance as their vision and mission resonated with me as a graduate student searching for like-minded voices regarding the war on drugs. In short, I found a

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15
Dec

SSDP Awarded "Most Influential Organization in the Industry" by Cannabis Economy

On December 12th, 2015, Cannabis Economy hosted the CannAwards in Denver, Colorado. CannAwards honor and celebrate leadership and innovation in the Cannabis industry. We were honored to receive the award for “Most Influential Organization in the Industry”. This award goes to: “an organization that has demonstrated leadership in the industry. This organization is a visionary that creates passion in others,

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10
Dec

Finals Week Review: New Chapters from Fall 2015

As the Fall semester of 2015 draws to a close, our student leaders are busy preparing for finals, reviewing coursework from the last four months and getting ready for winter break. In the spirit of reviewing for finals, I want to highlight some chapters who are new to our network this semester, but have yet to be featured on the SSDP blog.

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8
Dec

SSDP Welcomes the Beloit College Chapter

Griffin Salisbury and Pat McGoldrick of Beloit College recently joined our network and I’m very excited to introduce them to you! Read along for more about their process of getting started and moving forward.     1. How did you hear about SSDP? I was writing a paper on MDMA as a treatment for PTSD. So far, the experiments being

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8
Dec

SSDP Welcomes the Ferris State University Chapter

As always, I’m really excited to introduce a new chapter to the SSDP network. This time at Ferris State University in Michigan. Chapter Leader Michael Williams tells us about his journey so far.     How did you hear about SSDP?  Getting into discussions of Drug Policy and current events on various internet boards between 2004-2009, I had known of

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7
Dec

Seven Lessons We Learned at Reform 2015

The Drug Policy Alliance hosted their biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference this past November 18-21, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy was out in full force at this year’s event. We asked students to tell us some of the most important lessons they learned from the conference. Sabrina Bode, Hunter College “To be able to foster politics in this

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16
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the College of Western Idaho Chapter

One of the best parts about my job is getting to see firsthand how the SSDP network grows. Working with Geirrod Stark of the College of Western Idaho is a prime example of that process, because he has started the second ever chapter of SSDP in Idaho, doubling our presence there and increasing the ability for our students to work across

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13
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Rocky Mountain College Chapter

The Mountain Region keeps getting bigger, and I love it! Molly Davis recently started a chapter at Rocky Mountain College, and has already got a sizable team on her side working to end the drug war on their campus. Read what she has to say about her experience so far. How did you hear about SSDP? I heard about SSDP

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13
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Colorado State University Chapter

I am very excited to introduce our newest established chapter at Colorado State University. Elijah has been a chapter leader with us since he was in high school, and brought the SSDP message to his new college campus. Check out what he has to say about his experiences and aspirations. How did you hear about SSDP?  I first heard about SSDP

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12
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Loyola University Chicago Chapter!

I am very excited to introduce our newest established chapter at Loyola University Chicago! I’ve been fortunate to get to know chapter leaders Ari and Rory over the past summer, and now that they are up and running, I cannot wait to see all that they accomplish in the upcoming academic year. They both responded to our new chapter interview, check

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9
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Hamline University Chapter

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce our newest chapter in Minnesota at Hamline University.  They have come a long way in a very short time, and considering how well-organized they have been and how quickly they have built up, I am confident that they will be doing some big things on campus. I spoke with chapter leader Gunnar Aas about what

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24
Sep

LEAP AMA with Michael Wood

On Wednesday, September 23rd, we were very happy to co-sponsor a Reddit AMA with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), featuring former Baltimore Police Officer, Michael Wood, Jr. Michael answered questions about his experience as a whistleblower on the Baltimore Police department and how the drug war has perpetuated conflict between communities and police. Below, you’ll find some of his answers that

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22
Sep

920 Psilocybin Coordinated Day of Action Roundup

This past Sunday, September 20th, Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters across our network were excited to work with the 920 Coalition on their coordinated day of action. Sixteen SSDP chapters participated in actions over the weekend of 9/20 and throughout this week: American University (DC) University of California Davis (CA) California State University Long Beach (CA) Case Western Reserve University College of

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