SSDP Congress

SSDP Student and Chapter Member Congress

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of two-thirds youth directors. Each year, half of these youth directors are replaced during an election with voting open to all current SSDP chapters and ambassadors. The task of electing youth representation to SSDP’s board is fundamental to our organization’s key values of shared power/authority and having a youth controlled agenda. SSDP seeks to be on the cutting edge of fighting the war on drugs and can only do so through a highly engaged board of directors.

SSDP Congress has concluded

2020 SSDP Congress has concluded. Thank you so much to all of our candidates and voting members. Watch this video for the results!

Learn about the candidates here.

Learn about resolutions here.

Voting is open now and will close at 12:00pm EDT Saturday, March 28. Ballots have been sent via email to all active SSDP chapter leaders, ambassadors, and members of the Alumni Association. If you are having trouble finding the link to your ballot, please email congress@ssdp.org.

Election results will be announced live via our YouTube channel around 5:00pm EDT Saturday, March 28. (Awards presentation videos will also be available there on Saturday!)

SCHEDULE

Monday March 23 – Saturday March 28, 2020

SSDP Congress – Part I

As a virtual replacement to Casual Congress, candidates will make themselves available at a time and on a platform of their choice for member Q&A – to speak with member voters and alumni who will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions and get to know the work they have done with their chapter and community. Stay tuned on SSDP’s social media for more information on when you can speak with candidates!

Join our SSDP Congress Facebook event!

Monday March 23 – Friday March 27, 2020

SSDP Congress – Part II

As a virtual replacement for Congress II, active chapter members, ambassadors and members of the Alumni Association may view candidate speech videos here to familiarize yourself with our candidates and their goals for joining SSDP’s Board of Directors.  Candidates will have a chance to address the SSDP network directly with brief video speeches.

Voting, open to active chapters and students, will be available via Google form starting on March 23, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT and will conclude at 12:00PM EDT on Saturday March 28, 2020, all voting will take place electronically. Results will be announced March 28 at 5:00pm EST, stay tuned for more information on how to view this announcement, and if you haven’t already, please join our SSDP Family Facebook page to see updates. Members are strongly encouraged to wait to vote until after Congress II has concluded, and everyone has viewed all candidate speeches.  Each chapter receives one ballot and votes collectively for each of the five seats. The Alumni Association gets one ballot to vote for their negotiated top five candidates, just like a chapter, members of the Alumni Association in good standing should have received a link to the voting form to vote towards that ballot.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

Learn about the 2020 candidates for the SSDP Board of Directors here.

All voting will take place electronically via a Google form which Congress Committee will distribute.  This form will be open for a full week this year, in order to give our members outside of the United States ample time to participate in the Board of Directors election process.  Each chapter or ambassador receives one ballot, and votes collectively for each of five seats. These votes will be weighted according to the order in which candidates are placed on the ballot. The first vote will get five points, the second vote will get four points, the third vote will get three points, the fourth vote will get two points, and the last vote will get a single point. So if your ballot reads:

  1. Michelle Alexander
  2. Carl Hart
  3. Ethan Nadlemann
  4. Rick Doblin
  5. Steve Hawkins

Then Michelle Alexander will get 5 points towards their total “score” and Steve Hawkins will get 1 point (obviously, neither are qualified to run, this is just an example). This helps to avoid ties and guide the elections to favor candidates with the most popular support, including those with significant popular support primarily in SSDP’s sub-communities. The board of directors plans for these scores to be added up manually and by an algorithm. If there are any questions, please reach out to Congress Committee.

RESOLUTIONS

Resolutions are non-binding statements, submitted by chapters (or sometimes by the Board of Directors) and voted on during the annual Congress. Resolutions are considered by the Board and Staff, and help guide the growth and direction of SSDP. They are an opportunity for members to share their vision for SSDP or which items which they feel should be included in the organization’s agenda. 

Resolutions are non-binding statements, submitted by chapters (or sometimes by the Board of Directors) and voted on during the annual Congress. Resolutions are considered by the Board and Staff, and help guide the growth and direction of SSDP. They are an opportunity for members to share their vision for SSDP or which items which they feel should be included in the organization’s agenda. A template and sample resolution can be found here

See resolutions that have been submitted for 2020 SSDP Congress here. More will be added soon, so please check back every couple of days.

  • Resolution 1: A RESOLUTION TO CREATE AN EX OFFICIO, VOTING SEAT FOR A STAFF MEMBER ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    • Q&A Thursday, March 26 at 1pm EST – Link
  • Resolution 2: RESOLUTION TO INCLUDE SSDP IN THE CLIMATE ACTION MOVEMENT’S PEOPLE’S ALIGNMENT.
    • Q&A Friday, March 27 at 2pm EST – Link
  • Resolution 3: RESOLUTION TO UPDATE SSDP’S MISSION STATEMENT