Alannah Fricker is a third-year social work student at the Faculty of Community Services. She is the president and founder of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) at Ryerson University–a group she started in response to the overdose crisis, and lack of administrative support at Ryerson for a public health approach to substance use. CSSDP aims to raise awareness and improve safety on campus by promoting harm reduction, connecting students to resources, reducing stigma, and educating about drug policy reform as a critical aspect of anti-oppression. Alannah is also an artist, caregiver, and is the administrator to the Jack Layton Chair.
Alannah Fricker is passionately committed to improving student life on campus. As the founder and president of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Ryerson, she is a tireless advocate for harm reduction approaches to drug use as a way to improve community safety and support human rights, autonomy, and dignity. Through community outreach, awareness campaigns, workshops, events, and collaboration, her group aims to challenge stigma and connect students to information and resources. She hopes to create a forum whereby students, faculty, and community members can come together to find innovative, creative, and compassionate solutions to challenges in our community.