Johnson & Wales SSDP Presentation


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This presentation was created by Joey Adamaitis, SSDP chapter founder at Johnson & Wales University in the process of establishing the chapter as an official student group at JWU.

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Johnson & Wales SSDP Presentation

  1. 1. Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) A Better Understanding Presented by Joey Adamaitis February 10, 2011
  2. 2. Mission Statement <ul><li>Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. SSDP Values <ul><li>SSDP neither condones nor condemns drug use, rather we respect the right of individuals to make decisions about their own health and well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage honest conversation about the realities of the drug war. </li></ul><ul><li>We promote youth civic engagement as a critical tool in reforming drug policy. </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP respects the diverse experiences and identities of our constituents. </li></ul><ul><li>We develop leaders who advocate for policy changes based on justice, liberty, compassion and reason. </li></ul><ul><li>For more, visit: </li></ul>
  4. 4. Purpose of SSDP at JWU <ul><li>To inform and educate the Johnson & Wales student body about the harms and social injustices the drug war creates. </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate an open and honest dialogue on alternatives to current drug policies. </li></ul><ul><li>To teach Johnson & Wales students how to start, continue, or lead a social change movement. </li></ul><ul><li>To engage young people in the political process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How will a student benefit from joining SSDP <ul><li>They will learn how to operate as a team/organization and can develop leadership skills. </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP is a real life project and we deal with real life issues. So instead of being in a classroom simulating the real world we are directly involved in it. For example the SSDP chapter at Brown University helped to pass medical marijuana laws here in RI. </li></ul><ul><li>Being involved in extracurricular activities shows leadership on one’s resume, it also shows courage to stand up for a controversial issue </li></ul>
  6. 6. Campus Activities <ul><li>Guest Speakers, Movie Showings, Concerts, Activities and Games (ex. Drug War Jeopardy) Debates (ex. Heads vs. Feds), Discussion Panels, Know Your Rights events, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP National offers scholarships to campus chapters to send them to the annual national conference. There you can develop more skills such as lobbying for social change how to contact your representatives and other skills through their workshops. </li></ul><ul><li>This year’s SSDP Training Conference & Lobby Day is March 17-19, 2011 at the University of Maryland ( for more information) </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP has over 150 chapters at high schools, colleges & universities across America, visit for more information. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, for examples of what other SSDP chapters are doing, visit </li></ul>
  7. 7. SSDP Campus Participation <ul><li>SSDP will be holding many events, but other than that our aim is to educate students about policy issues and to encourage them to learn how law making structures operate if they seek to bring change. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to foster dialogue about harm reduction approaches to drug problems and discuss how & why politics can influence such health related matters such as addiction and drug treatment. </li></ul>
  8. 8. University Policy <ul><li>SSDP’s values statement explicitly states that we “neither condone nor condemn the use of drugs”, we are not focused on whether drug use is good or bad, but rather on whether or not our current drug policies are effective. </li></ul><ul><li>We are no different from other student groups & would not be exempt from following any policies or procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>SSDP is an advocacy organization, we would not interfere with University polices and procedures any more than College Democrats, or any of the fraternities, student government, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you for your time. Questions? Comments? Contact: Joey Adamaitis SSDP National Office: 1623 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20009 Stacia Cosner, Associate Director (202)293-4414