Introducing the SSDP International Board & everything else you missed at the General Assembly

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy International just held its first ever General Assembly and it was a brilliant success! Sincere thanks to Orsi Fehér and the Election Committee for making sure this event ran perfectly. Here’s everything you need to know…

The Founding Board was Elected

One of the primary functions of the General Assembly is to elect the Board of Directors. We are pleased to announce that Eolann Davis ‘19, Iulia Vatau ‘19, Amie Hogan ‘19 and Ewelle Williams ‘17 were elected to the Board. A huge thank you to all those who ran, we had fantastic candidates all round, and we encourage those who did not get elected this time to run again next year.

The Mission was Amended & Adopted

During the Assembly, SSDP International’s statutes & mission were to be voted on. The Statutes were adopted with no contest. The proposed Mission was contested and revised to include the term “students of all ages” in it. It was then adopted by consensus. See the full Mission below:

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students and young people, led by students and young people who are advocating for policy reform on the local, national, continental and global level.

We promote youth civic engagement as a critical tool in reforming drug policy and develop leaders who advocate for change, based on justice, liberty and compassion. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in political processes. Our members operate locally and are connected globally to reduce the harms of counterproductive policies–in particular, those that directly harm students of all ages and youth–and to represent the rights and interests of this population.

The Advisory Board was Appointed

Another high point of the General Assembly was the appointing of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is there to counsel and support the main board and the members of SSDP Intl., it has no voting power within the organisation. All proposed candidates were appointed by consensus.

The Advisory Board is comprised of Jake Agliata ‘11; former coordinator of the International program and now Communications & Policy Officer with the International Network of People Who Used Drugs, Bernice Apondi; Advisor for Research & Policy at VOCAL Kenya, Maria-Goretti Ane Loglo *15; African Consultant with the International Drug Policy Consortium, and Sara Velimirovic ’15; founder and CEO of MCann. 

The New Outreach & Membership Structure was Adopted

The last vote during the Assembly was whether or not to adopt the proposed outreach & membership structure. This structure has been developed by the Outreach & Membership Structure (OAMS) working group, led by Ruby Lawlor ‘17. The structure focuses on regional working groups, with the goals of strengthening continental networks and increasing access to locally applicable resources. The new structure passed with no contestations.