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 future.
How did you hear about SSDP?
I had heard about SSDP from several of my friends within a group called Students for Liberty, and thought that a chapter at OU would be successful.
Why did you want to get involved/what made you decide to start a chapter?
I believe that the Drug War in America has caused a horrible pattern of violence and human suffering, and that it is a failed program supported by faulty evidence. A student group at my university would help in the overall effort to bring the Drug War to an end.
What has the reception been like on campus? From students, teachers, administration, etc.
While there’s a good deal of indifference about the drug issue amongst faculty, students are much more positive overall. All it takes is getting the word out that a group like this exists on campus.
What are some of the things you have planned or want to plan for next semester?
We’d like to host at least a couple events this semester, and we’ll also be focused on recruitment as well as getting the chapter established on campus.
What is the most challenging part of your experience starting/running the chapter so far?
Starting any student group is hard. Stoking a passion for activism in other students is like talking to a brick wall. So spreading these ideas to a largely apathetic campus is definitely a challenge.
What is the most rewarding part?
Whenever somebody starts regularly attending meetings, you start talking with them, and they get involved. There’s a great feeling of not only adding their efforts to the cause, but of also making new friends.
What are you most excited about for your chapter/school/state/region/
I’m excited about the new cannabis legalization initiative for 2016. But I’m also excited about the opportunity we have to challenge unconstitutional and unsafe drug laws.
What is your vision for OU SSDP? Where do you see your chapter in a year? in 4 or 5 years?
I hope to see the chapter firmly established on campus with a core group of a couple dozen activists plus many more regular attendees. I’d also like to see us hosting several big campus events that draw crowds of at least a hundred people.