SENIOR LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON, UK
From 2014-2017 Jennifer developed and coordinated a participatory, health promotion, skills module at a widening participation university in London. Using High Price, the memoir of Professor Carl Hart, as a core text she guided nearly 500 Black, Asian and minority ethnic students on a journey of holistic critique that led to powerful transformations in people’s perspectives on drug use, people who use drugs and drug policies. Collaborating with staff from Release, IDPC, Support Don’t Punish, YStop, LEAP UK and Professor Carl Hart, she finds herself a passionate activist-educator for drug policy reform.
Her work in the classroom has fundamentally shifted people’s perspectives on this topic and these changes ripple across the globe. Jennifer has joined or organised Support Don’t Punish campaigns in London and the USA since 2013.
On June 26, 2017, she and her students brought Bruce Alexander’s Rat Park to life in Stratford, London with interactive installations to open public discussions on drug policy and harm reduction. She is the mother of two boys and will complete Ironman Austria in 2018 to raise funds for the Support Don’t Punish Day of Action.
About Support Don’t Punish
Support Don’t Punish is a global advocacy campaign calling for better drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights. The campaign aims to promote drug policy reform, and to change laws and policies which impede access to harm reduction interventions. The harms being caused by the war on drugs can no longer be ignored. To find out how to take part in this global movement, come and visit the photo booth at the conference or take a peek at supportdontpunish.org.
Jennifer spoke about the ‘Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action Report’.