New Chapter

16
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Golden Gate University School of Law Chapter

Meet Kenneth Seligson, a 1L at Golden Gate University School of Law. Originally from Middletown, New York, he has witnessed the effects of the drug war all his life, from seeing one of his closest friends die from MDMA use, having to send a family member to rehab, and to experiencing the legal consequences of the war on drugs firsthand.

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10
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Prescott College Chapter

I am incredibly excited to announce our newest chapter in the state of Arizona; Prescott College. As is the case with our other chapters in Arizona, they are interested in contributing to the efforts to legalize marijuana for adult use in 2016. Many readers may be surprised to know that in the state of Arizona it is an automatic felony

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8
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the Guilford College Chapter

Last week, I had the opportunity to Skype into the first ever chapter meeting of Guilford College SSDP. It was without a doubt one of the best, first meetings I have ever attended. This was not very surprising to me because the chapter founder, Christian Honein, has been a thoughtful and communicative partner over the recent months as I have

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5
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the New Mexico State University Chapter

When beginning the process of forming a new SSDP chapter, it is always beneficial when one doesn’t have to go it alone. Having an activist partner who is passionate, dedicated and supportive is always helpful and makes it more likely that you will succeed. This is precisely what happened with Marisa Salazar and Patrick Alcala at New Mexico State University

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5
Feb

SSDP Welcomes the North Carolina State University Chapter

In the summer of 2015 we expanded our Southeast Region to include the state of North Carolina. This has been a treat for me because it meant that I was given the opportunity to coordinate one of the fastest growing states in SSDP’s network. NC also happens to have one of the best medical amnesty laws and overdose prevention efforts of any state in

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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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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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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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8
Dec

SSDP Welcomes Lewis and Clark Law School Chapter

I’m thrilled to introduce Kaitlyn Dent, the founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Lewis and Clark Law School. Kaitlyn is originally from Michigan. She double majored in Psychology and Film & Theatre as an undergraduate in Northern California, and is now a 2L in law school in Portland at Lewis and Clark Law School. “A sensible drug policy to

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30
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the University of California Santa Barbara Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce the new chapter leaders of SSDP at University of California Santa Barbara, Cole Garcia and Ashcon Minoiefar. Cole is a second year studying Pharmacology with an emphasis on Neuroscience. Ashcon is a third year studying History of Public Policy. The two of them come to Students for Sensible Drug Policy with very different interests, but

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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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12
Nov

SSDP Welcome the University of Copenhagen Chapter!

I am extremely thrilled to announce that SSDP has expanded into Denmark with the establishment of the University of Copenhagen chapter! This pushes SSDP’s global presence to 9 total countries, including the United States, and is our first established chapter in Europe outside of Ireland. I spoke with chapter leader Anders Dahl and the rest of the chapter about their

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5
Nov

SSDP Welcomes the Bakersfield College Chapter

I am thrilled to introduce Camila Gerardi of Bakersfield College chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. She is a third year at Bakersfield studying Criminal Justice with an interest in drug peer education. She hopes to transfer to a school in Colorado next year to continue her studies in criminal justice. Camila decided to get involved with Students for

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14
Oct

UAB SSDP Chapter Brings Together Two Generations of Activists

The SSDP network is seeing a surge of activity in the state of Alabama, with students working to form chapters on 4 campuses around the state this semester. Dana Ullrich is a part of that surge. She is our newest chapter founder at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Dana

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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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13
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Humboldt State University Chapter

Meet Daniela Vargas, a Political Science major entering her senior year at Humboldt State University. She has been involved with Model UN of the Far West for five years now, and found out about Students for Sensible Drug Policy through our upcoming Model UNGASS. Her goal for this year is to start and establish a well-run chapter of SSDP before

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13
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Sonoma State University Chapter

I am so excited to introduce the Sonoma State University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy! The newest SSDP leaders are Kelly Kauffman (third from the left) and Wendy Contreras (not pictured), the newest SSDP leaders of Sonoma State University! Kelly and Wendy, both seniors studying sociology, decided to get involved with SSDP because of their sociology professor, Nicole Wolfe. Because

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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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8
Oct

SSDP Welcomes the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter

I am pumped to introduce our newest chapter in New York at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute! With the addition of RPI, SSDP now has a presence on 18 campuses in New York, one of the highest totals of any state in the country. In the month since this chapter started up, I have been blown away by their organization, compassion, and

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