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Statement of Purpose

Black Law Students Association

Students for Sensible Drug Policy University of New Mexico School of Law is part of an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the effect drug abuse has on our communities, but who are also aware that the war on drugs is failing our generation and our society.

SSDP-UNMSOL mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, advocating for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive drug war policies.

SSDP-UNMSOL neither condones nor condemns drug use; rather we respect the right of individuals to make decisions about their own health and well-being. We encourage honest conversation about the realities of the drug war. We promote youth civic engagement as a critical tool in reforming drug policy. SSDP-UNMSOL respects the diverse experiences and identities of our constituents. We develop leaders who advocate for policy changes based on justice, liberty, compassion and reason.>


  • Shared power & authority
  • Collaboration & partnership
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Youth-controlled agenda
  • Constituent-specific strategies
  • Education