- Studied Biology and Chemistry at UAHuntsville
- Studied Nursing at The University of Alabama
- Went to Way Home Christian Academy
Members of the Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota Public group in 2017 included Ryan Costello.
Chapin Gray July 15, 2009 Murfreesboro, TN - Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held its fourth annual national convention here, July 11 -12, bringing together around 100 students and youth activists from across the country.
The new SDS was formed in 2006 and since then has grown to over 100 chapters. This past year SDS has organized students around many issues, including education rights, labor solidarity and against the wars in the Middle East.
This convention consisted of workshops, discussions and meetings that covered topics ranging from direct action and civil disobedience, to Colombia solidarity and G20 resistance. The convention body also passed a proposal to have a national day of action on Oct. 7 to protest the eights anniversary of the U.S. war on Afghanistan.
Participants also decided to send a statement of solidarity to the Quad City Die Casting workers, who the day before the convention held a dramatic action at Wells Fargo bank in Rock Island, Illinois.
“It was great meeting so many amazing activists, both 'veteran' SDS members who have been organizing for years and students who are in the process of starting a chapter," said Ryan Costello from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "I am excited about starting organizing on my campus in the fall and proud to be involved in an organization that is playing such a leading role in the student movement, that is making history.”
Around 25 student activists and organizers from seven cities throughout the southeast came to Asheville, North Carolina, April 4, 2009 for a conference called “The Crisis of Imperialism and Building a Revolutionary Movement.” This regional student conference was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.
“It was an amazing experience, being in a room full of student activists from all over the southeast and having conversations about what the student movement is up against and where we should go from here,” said Ryan Costello, a student from the University of Alabama who attended the conference. “We weren’t just talking about theories of imperialism and economics just for fun, but in order to become better organizers, in order to change society and we left the conference inspired and ready to take what we learned back to our campuses.”