Jasper works to improve the standard of living for the queer community, both on and off campus. At Bard, they headed the Queer Straight Alliance, providing a safe, supportive environment and fun events for people of all sexual orientations and genders. Outside of school, they have worked on two marriage equality campaigns: Maine in 2012 and Rhode Island in 2013. Jasper wants to help foster community involvement at Bard year-round by connecting Bard students to the issues theyâre passionate about.
Phone: Define Depression Jasper believes that effectively treating depression is impossible without involving survivors of depression and taking their unique histories into account. Their Blueprint, Define Depression, aims to empower survivors of depression to own their histories with all parts of their identities, including race, history of mental illness, gender identity, sexuality, and more. Define Depression will be a weekend-long conference in the fall of 2014 where young survivors will come together in an effort to support each other in fighting for the access, resources, and support they need in their communities. Participants will learn effective tactics for whatever social justice initiative they plan on pursuing, whether it be demanding gender inclusive locker rooms at their schools gym, fundraising to provide free access to supplies for art therapy, or launching an education campaign around ableist language. Define Depression will engage participants on the topics that matter to them and provide relevant training materials on fundraising, base-building, and messaging. Jasper hopes the conference will help these survivors find strength, will, and determination in their stories rather than weakness.