Now that class is back in sesh, it’s time for extracurricular activities. One way to fully embrace the opportunities that college offers is by being active outside the classroom. Participating in student organizations is an easy way to pick up skills that add value to your resume and work experience, enhancing your appeal to future employers.
Student Organizations: Getting Active Outside the Classroom
Now that class is back in sesh, it’s time for extracurricular activities. One way to fully embrace the opportunities that college offers is by being active outside the classroom. Participating in student organizations is an easy way to pick up skills that add value to your resume and work experience, enhancing your appeal to future employers. While many consider grades to be most important it’s often the activity done on campus outside the classroom that determines the recipients of many scholarships. So get involved.
Contrary to popular belief it doesn’t take a bunch of students and a lot of hard work to start a student organization. A small number of committed individuals willing to invest a little time each month is all it takes. Other members may not be as interested or passionate as the founding members or they may not see the benefits of extracurricular activities so they won’t be willing to commit as much time. Some of the most interested members will literally be too busy with school, work, family, etc. to participate. All these students should be considered valuable members none the less.
Nevada Student Cannabis Coalition (NSCC): They’re made up of students from different colleges across the state. At this time the NSCC is primarily a local cannabis information resource for students of Nevada. The coalition endorses three organizations and encourages establishing student chapters of each in an effort to heighten cannabis awareness throughout the Nevada System of Higher Education.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML): NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. www.NORML.org
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP): SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student run board of directors. We create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. 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. We develop leaders who advocate for policy change based on justice, liberty, compassion and reason. www.ssdp.org
Cannabis Awareness Network (CAN): Our mission is to be a reflection of the changing economic landscape in our local community, state and nation. Use our interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in new and innovative ways to engage the emerging cannabis market. Discover creative and effective business methods and seek out unexplored avenues of opportunity in the cannabis industry.
We pledge to educate our campus by sharing literature and becoming an informational cannabis resource for students and faculty. We pledge to collaborate with students at other colleges to strengthen the statewide Nevada Student Cannabis Coalition.
We stand for U.S. veteran’s right to use cannabis to treat PTSD and other disabilities. We stand for Nevada nurse’s right to work with medical marijuana patients without the fear of jeopardizing their career. We support marijuana tax dollars that will go toward Nevada’s CCSD K-12 education. www.ScorpionsCAN.com
The requirements to start a chapter of the mentioned organizations consist of general requirements needed to start any student organization.
Leaders– Four or five enrolled students. These members will make up the executive board. President-Vice President-Treasurer-Secretary-Extra.
- Constitution/By-Laws- These are the governing documents used by your organization.
- Faculty Advisor- The signature of a professor who may collaborate as much or as little as they like. Ask a professor that you have a rapport with. Otherwise criminal justice professors are a good place to start.
These organizations offer additional support and legal resources to help protect your rights as a student. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (TheFire.org) is another resource that can help protect your organization and members from discrimination. Official recognition from your college isn’t necessarily required to become an official chapter of CAN, SSDP or NORML so don’t let the naysayers discourage you.
By: Willie Spearmint
If you or any student you know are interested in starting a chapter or becoming a member of any of the above mentioned organizations email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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