By: Delaney Donnohue

Photo by: Julia Hartlep

Heaton Hall

Delegates in the Conference on National Affairs research, write, and present several types of controversial topics in their proposals. Usually these works have personal connection and meaning to the delegates which only fires their passion for them as they continue in their committees. 

Committee ‘A’ was discovered to hold the biggest number of CONA delegates. As the largest committee out of the first twenty-six, the most popular topics revolve around implementing mental health programs and drug abuse and opioid proposals.

“It was certaintly a very lively, dynamic committee… I was always running around picking up ballots.”

Chloe Kinderman, a delegate from Alabama, was given the opportunity to clerk for Committee ‘A’ Monday morning on the mountain in the Heaton Hall Auditorium. She presented her proposal as a co-author with a delegate from Arizona reclassifying certain psychodelics Schedule Two drugs instead of Schecule One to increase medical research in the future. The proposal additionally ties in with the issue of mental health and providing better ways to improve that system in America.

“In my home state, I live near the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham, and they are doing some research on this.”

Kinderman also hits the point of why the two topics tend to intertwine, and the impact and importance they both have on everyone.

“The potential of psychedelics is huge… they have the potential to treat illnesses affecting millions of Americans, especially mental health… ultimately, we will be the leaders of tomorrow, and by having these discussions and understanding where everyone is coming from, we’re going to be able to effect change that will help people to live better, safer lives.”

Kinderman delves deeper by explaining that mental health is serious and the  conversations that are being presented and debated at CONA are only the beginning of working to improve mental health overall. These two topics are very important to the youth future as mental health affects millions of teenagers.