From the Prez

As spring begins, it is a welcome reminder of the all the natural life that share our planet. Seeing the vibrant green plants emerging against the muted desert landscape and hearing the birds chirping noisy as they make nests, reminds us of how much we rely on nature for our ecological, emotional, and ethical well being. By being a member of VSEP, you are showing your commitment to providing space and consideration to animals and other wildlife. We need more people to make the connection of how our daily choices in something as simple as our diet can have enormous consequences on the other species with which we share the planet. Help us educate and enlighten our community by bringing a friend or two to one of our VSEP events.

Our Spring VSEP Dinner features Clifton Roberts, the Humane Party’s 2016 candidate for the President of the United States. Roberts has also served as the Chief Executive Office for the Humane Party. He is passionate about social justice, environmentalism, and animal rights. I am sure he will give an inspiring and uplifting talk.

Join VSEP for a vegan bake sale at the Downtown Farmers Market and at UTEP in April to celebrate Earth Day. If you would like to bring baked goods to sell, help man our booth or just stop by and enjoy some delicious vegan desserts send an email to We will try to a have a few gluten-free options as well.

We will be having a variety of other events including restaurant hoppers. Join us at EPCC’s Culinary Institute’s restaurant in April. Check out our calendar of events at for details.

Once again, thanks to all of you for helping VSEP a successful organization – we can’t do it without you! Please join us at our monthly board meetings, volunteer, host a potluck, or attend one of our events. New ideas are always welcome and the more you participate, the more we can do to promote a more healthy and compassionate lifestyle.

Liz Walsh

VSEP President

P.S. Have some extra time this summer – volunteer with VSEP! See our open positions by going to and clicking on the VSEP leadership link.