Through the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, Students for Life of America asks student leaders, like you, to engage your group in advocating for pregnant and parenting students on your campus. However, this Initiative must be engaged in as more than one student group effort on campus. We want you to unite your community in support of your parenting peers, and we strongly encourage collaboration between school offices and other student organizations. That is exactly what the Pregnancy and Parenting Initiative at Clarion University (PPRI) has accomplished! PPRI has brought together their whole community—students and administration—to create unique, effective solutions for the pregnant and parenting students.
Thanks to their persistent and courageous efforts, PPRI has been able to…
Moreover, this group has been proactive in responding to the needs of individual pregnant and parenting students on campus. When the group learned of 2 parenting students who needed lactation space, student leader Liz McNitt and the school’s Title IX Coordinator found an empty office space. Seeing that this need would be important for future parenting students, they opened a designated lactation room in the next semester. When a student was struggling to find and afford a babysitter, the group paired her with another member to exchange babysitting help.
When asked why she believes that the Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative is important resource on campus, Tyana, a student parent at Clarion University, shared:
“I think this club is important because it helps parents like me to not feel alone. Being a mom in college is really hard sometimes, and it’s nice to talk to other moms that are going through the same thing. It’s also a great resource. When I have questions or need help with anything, I know who to go to.”
We are proud to award the 2017 East Coast Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award to Clarion University’s Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative.
Watch Liz McNitt’s presentation on our “Helping Moms Be Heroes” panel:
This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Director.
Located in the “Late-Term Abortion Capital” of the country, University of New Mexico students are daily faced with a community that supports and even encourages abortion. And yet, despite the challenges of this environment, Students for Life UNM have persisted and thrived in their efforts to bring life-affirming, empowering options and resources to women on their campus. The group’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative has been welcomed by the student community and departments on campus, and has repeatedly captured the local media’s attention over the past 3 years.
This past year, Students for Life UNM has hosted numerous events to support pregnant and parenting students, including:
- Valentine’s Day, Share the Love: Passing out as many as 75 roses, pregnancy tests, and PRC information packets
- Mother’s Day “Chari-Tea”: A classy tea party for women and mothers to raise money for their local PRC
- Pregnant and Parenting Student Support Night: A discussion panel to address pregnant and parenting student issues
- Give Back Christmas: Encouraging UNM students to donate to local organizations that support the community
- AND MORE!
This group has been instrumental in helping students choose life and complete their degrees. They helped save 2 babies on campus and at least 10 babies in the local community. They even worked with a local university to help a new student mom graduate a month early, and further celebrated her by hosting a baby shower!
Last but not least, Students for Life UNM is responsible for introducing and passing 5 Student Government resolutions, including:
- Diaper changing stations: To be installed in every building in both genders’ bathrooms
- Mom-to-be Parking: For moms in their 3rd trimester
- Parental Leave for New Student Parents: For both mom and dad!
- “Family Friendly” Student Study Lounge
- Equal Access to Options: Adding life-affirming resources to their school website
This group is an incredible testament to the compassionate and effective outreach of the Pregnant on Campus Initiative. We are proud to honor UNM Students for Life as our 2017 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year!
This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Director. To get your student group involved in our Initiative, please contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator.
The Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award will recognize the achievements of two Students for Life college groups that have excelled in promoting pregnant and parenting resources. (One award will be given to an East Coast group; the other award will be given to an West Coast group.) The SFLA Pregnant on Campus Groups of the Year should demonstrate success in pregnant and parenting advocacy and outreach on their college campus. This group should show significant efforts to change their campus to embrace practices and policies that protect and assist pregnant and parenting students.
The winning group will receive gift cards (valued at $250) to be used in your Pregnant on Campus outreach (e.g. baby showers, student support). One group representative must be present at either the 2016 SFLA East Coast National Conference or the SFLA West Coast National Conference. Please note (at the bottom of the application) whether you are applying for the East Coast or West Coast award.
Please email the completed application no later than January 15th to Beth Rahal at firstname.lastname@example.org.