UM Ann Arbor SSDP Excutive Board Members Clockwise from top left: Nick, Jacob Fromm, Sebastian Swae-Shampine Sahana Rajan, Emily Basham, and Murphy VanSparrentak. Name: Nick Zettell School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Chapter Position: President SSDP: When did you first get involved with SSDP? Nick:My Freshman year I went to a mass meeting made some lifelong friends right then and there.
Phil Simmons is the chapter leader for Rowan Universities SSDP chapter. Phil recently held a very successful “Box Protest” that spurred debate on his campus and allowed for a sensible discussion on Rowan’s campus policies with his campus Administration. Today we Celebrate Phil’s leadership in using public protest to spur debate and translating that into real policy change at a campus level.
Name: Romain Bonilla School: Portland State University Region: Western Major: Communications Romain Tabling for SSDP on Campus SSDP: When did you first get involved with SSDP? Romain: In 2009, while I was studying at Saint Cloud State University. I had become interested in drug law reform when I first moved to the United States in 2008. SCSU had a few pro-liberty student groups,
Earlier this week, I got the chance to catch up with Jimmy Stanley, from the SSDP chapter at Eastern Illinois University. The EIU chapter is new, and just became officially recognized by their university administration last week. However, that isn’t to say they haven’t been busy. In their first week as an official chapter, EIU SSDP launched a Good Samaritan
Name: Alfred Kilzi School: University of Miami (Class of 2013) Title: Chapter President and Founder Studying: Psychology Major with Minors in Marketing and Arabic Studies SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? ALFRED: I had an epiphany one day when talking to a former staff member that worked in the same academic department as I did for my Work Study part
Name: Melissa Colebank School: College of Charleston Position: Chapter President 2011-2012 Studying: Communication, Corporate and Organizational Concentration/American Studies minor SSDP: When did you first get involved with SSDP? MELISSA: I became involved with SSDP when Kat Humphries (former President and chapter founder) attended the International SSDP Conference in San Francisco in 2010 and wanted to start the chapter at CofC.
Bradley Steinman is one of SSDP’s newest activists and he’s already jumping into the world of drug policy reform with impressive ideas for building SSDP’s chapter network at law schools around the country. Bradley is forming SSDP’s first chapter at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In the last year SSDP has, not surprisingly, seen a rise in interest from
Brandon Levey Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park Co-President with Zach Brown at UMD SSDP (longest active chapter in SSDP history, and still going strong!) SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? LEVEY: I first got active in SSDP at the end of my first semester in college, in the spring semester of 2009. I looked through
Basics: Name: Stefan Reed School: Northern Virginia Community College Studying: Art Education with a minor in Non-profit Management SSDP NOVA, Chapter President SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Stefan: Fall ’09 after seeing a flyer on a TV at school. SSDP: What has been your favorite SSDP experience ? Stefan: Going to my first SSDP National Conference
Sam Chapman has been involved with SSDP at the University of Oregon – Eugene since 2009. He’s helped to organize many successful events and led student organizing during Oregon’s Measure 74 campaign last fall. I asked Sam a few questions about his involvement in SSDP and here’s what he had to say: What was your experience working on the Measure
Basics: Name: Trevor Hosterman Position: Co-founder/President, WCU SSDP School: West Chester University Major: Political Science Location: West Chester, PA SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Trevor: I first got involved with SSDP in the fall of 2009 when my cofounder, Josh Merer, and I decided we wanted to make a change on our campus and in our community
Name: Hilary Dulin Title: Co-founder & President, NU SSDP School: Northeastern University, Class of 2011 Major: Behavioral Neuroscience SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Hilary: I got involved in Fall of 2008 when I met Kevin Franciotti who was working on bringing SSDP to Northeastern. I became involved and helped to found the chapter. SSDP: What issues are
Name: Nicholas Davies Chapter: Front Range Community College Location: Longmont, Colorado When did you first get involved with SSDP and why do you like being part of the organization? I was first introduced to SSDP during my second year in Student Government when I was fortunate enough to meet a fellow by the name of Christopher Pezza. After a few
Basics: Drew Stromberg Founder and President West Virginia University SSDP SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? Drew: I got involved during in the summer of 2009 when a friend of mine told me I should start a chapter at WVU. SSDP: What issues are important for your chapter? Drew: Good Samaritan Policy – We started working on
Katharine: A few years ago, when I wasn’t even a student! I was taking time off from school for health reasons. I’d been interested in mental health advocacy since about 6th grade, but my experiences with some self-identifying addicts inspired my interest in drug policy reform more specifically. As stigmatized as I felt for my own struggles, I realized my