EC4EC is a project of the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), which envisions a world in which everyone, everywhere can access affordable EC without stigma or barriers. We collaborate across campuses to share information, support, and strategy. Our work is grounded in the understanding that individuals know best what they need and that everyone has the right to self-determination. Our strategy is to use our expertise and deep network to organize alongside students and communities, so the initiatives that we support are authentically responsive to community needs.
EC4EC is guided by an advisory committee made up of students leaders from diverse institutions across the United States.
Andi Beaudouin (they/them) is a senior at Loyola University Chicago studying molecular and cellular neuroscience, and minoring in biology, chemistry, and anthropology. As a marginalized person, Andi seeks to advocate for justice and accessibility in the healthcare world. Andi is a student organizer for Students for Reproductive Justice (SRJ), which is an anti-racist, queer-affirming and women-affirming space that organizes for reproductive justice at Loyola. SRJ distributes condoms, dental dams, lubricants, and menstrual cups across Loyola's campus. Hoping to expand on what SRJ offers, Andi has launched SRJ's emergency contraceptive peer-distribution program called "EZ EC". Andi is also a member of Advocates for Youth, and works frequently with the Condom Collective program. As a future healthcare professional, Andi firmly believes that everyone has a right to reproductive justice and reproductive freedom.
Rose Brown (they/them/theirs) is a senior at University of Illinois at Chicago studying Anthropology with a minor in Math. Rose is a dedicated activist with a special interest in intersecting queer rights. Their advocacy work began with co-founding a Gay-Straight Alliance in their conservative hometown. In the past, Rose has volunteered for a local Democratic society and had the opportunity to speak at a grassroots Democratic organization meeting. As an advisory member, Rose believes the LGBT+ community could benefit from education about emergency contraceptives in relation to assigned sex.
Emma Donnelly (she/they) is a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Southern Maine. Emma graduated from USM with a BA in Women and Gender Studies in 2019. Emma began working in reproductive health activism and education in 2015 while in undergrad. They started the student group Huskies for Reproductive Health in December 2015 which sought to provide education and sexual health resources to students at USM.
In 2017, she began working to change a law in Maine which prohibited the sale of non-prescription medications via vending machine. This bill was signed into law by Governor Janet Mills in June 2019. Now Emma hopes to sharpen their skills and public health knowledge in graduate school to further this work and continue to find solutions to eliminating barriers to accessing healthcare in Maine. Currently, she works as a supervisor at the women’s shelter in Portland, ME.
Nikita Kakkad (she/her) is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin studying Biomedical Engineering and Plan II. Her interest in advocating for better EC access on her campus stems from her interest in women's health and desire to pursue a career in medicine that is centered around reproductive justice. In the past, she has done research in the field of maternal mortality specifically with minority women. Nikita has only recently started working with EC4EC and local organizations to make EC more accessible to students, but she's excited about the potential for future projects.
Raised in Summerville, South Carolina, Jynesis Lee (she/her) graduated from Cane Bay High School in 2020. She is now pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Claflin University. She now holds positions with Fact Forward as a Peer Ambassador and Emerging Leader through her university. Jynesis is a member of the NAACP Chapter of Claflin University, Public Health Alliance Chapter of Claflin University, and various campus community service activities. In the future, Jynesis aspires to be a Registered Nurse and plans to continue educating the youth as she does now.
Kelly Cleland, MPA MPH (she/her) is the Executive Director of the American Society for Emergency Contraception. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the sexual and reproductive health field conducting research, advocacy, and writing projects focused on emergency contraception and medication abortion. Kelly received her MPA and MPH from Columbia University in 2002, where she concentrated in Population and Family Health. Kelly is a Fellow of the Society of Family Planning, a liaison to the Planned Parenthood National Medical Committee, and a member of the editorial journal Contraception.
Nicola Brogan, MSc, RN (She/her) (Nic-uh-la), is a fierce advocate and researcher specializing in women's reproductive health. Jumping into the scene six years ago, Nicola found her passion for sexual health when she completed her undergraduate honours thesis "Exploring long-acting contraception use across Canada". Honing her skills, she continued on to a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences where she concentrated on adolescent's use and access to contraception in rural Ontario. Nicola is a graduate from the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, ON, Canada, holding a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Life Sciences, and a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. She also holds her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester. She has been working with the American Society for Emergency Contraception for four years assisting with the planning of the annual meeting, the EC Jamboree, as well as developing factsheets and coordinating this initiative. Nicola is the proud founder of Thrive: "Like a girl", a youth initiative that empowers girls/women to explore themselves and actively break down societal barriers surrounding self-esteem, confidence and reproductive autonomy. When Nicola is not working on ASEC related projects, you can find her working in the local children's hospital emergency room.