Diversity, Awareness, Reflection and Education

SSDP’s Diversity Awareness Reflection and Education (DARE) Committee

SSDP DARE, formerly known as ORD (Outreach Recruitment Diversity) Committee is a collaborative committee comprised of board & non-board members, students, alumni, & community members dedicated to broadening Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s (SSDP) base & increasing engagement with presently underrepresented perspectives.

Since its founding in March 2011, DARE has taken on the challenges of strengthening diversity in all its forms within SSDP. The committee endeavors to ensure that the range of perspectives & personal experiences of all communities and individuals negatively impacted in the War on Drugs are represented & integrated into SSDP & the drug policy reform movement at large. DARE does this by creating a welcoming, open, & safe space for all stakeholders.

How can I get involved?

Members of our student-led board of directors and a staff coordinator head the DARE committee, but all students and alumni of SSDP are welcome to get involved. SSDP DARE meets by conference call on the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm EST.  Join our Google Group or email our staff coordinator, Elise (elise@ssdp.org), to receive updates, share and discuss relevant news, plan the SSDP Mosaics, and connect with a network of students and alumni concerned with how the War on Drugs affects different communities.

And contribute to the Monthly Mosaic!

What does SSDP DARE do?
1. Listen to and advise SSDP on diversity-related issues related to the organization
2. Develop a monthly educational resource, known as the SSDP Mosaic
3. Raise funds for and allocate DARE scholarships for conferences
4. Organize an annual workshop at conferences

How does SSDP DARE define diversity?

The War on Drugs affects all demographics.

Diversity includes but is not limited to:
Age, Background, Class or Socioeconomic Identification, Culture & Traditions, Current Student or Non-Student Status, Disability or Differently-Abled Status, Diversity of Opinion, Employment Status, Ethnicity, Gender Identification, Ideology, Language, Mental Health, Moral Framework, Nationality, Physical Health, Political Affiliation, Pregnancy & Parenting Status (pregnant women, custodial & non-custodial parents, foster & adoptive parents, legal guardians, etc), Primary Movement of Identification (formerly incarcerated, recovery, student, etc.), Race, Relationship Orientation & Status, Relationship With Drugs/How One Self-Identifies in Relation to Drugs (user, non drug user, addict, recreational user, medical user, abstainer, in recovery, etc.), Religion, Sexual Identification, Stake in Reform, Subculture, and any other self-identifiers.*