We asked a few questions of the new Chapter Leader, Chelsey Hebert, to get a sense of why they’re here and how the experience is going so far.
How did you hear about SSDP?
I first heard about SSDP while attending Psychedelic Science 2017.
Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?
As an undergraduate student, it is difficult to become a psychedelic researcher, but I still wanted to get involved. I am passionate about sensible drug education so when I found out about SSDP also having material for sensible drug education I knew that I had to bring it to my campus.
What has the reception been like on campus? From students, teachers, administration, etc.
I was seamlessly able to find an adviser and individuals who are interested in educating about harm reduction and safe usage. Additionally, I did not encounter any hurdles put up by the administration. In fact, the person in charge of student affairs expressed that it is a good club to have on campus
What are some of the things you have planned or want to plan for next semester?
Next semester I am looking forward to training new officers and working through the drug education materials. Since I am graduating I want to establish a strong and interested cabinet that will keep the club alive and thriving.
What are you most excited about for your chapter/school/state/region/ssdp/drug policy right now?
I am most excited about broadening my knowledge of substances and spreading sensible information to those around me.
What is your vision for California State University, Monterey Bay? Where do you see your chapter in a year? in 4 or 5 years?
My vision for California State University, Monterey Bay is to not only supply information to the campus, but to work on harm reduction in Monterey County!