2017 East Coast Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

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.

Check out PPRI’s campus resources webpage here!

Watch Liz McNitt’s presentation on our “Helping Moms Be Heroes” panel:

This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Director.

Be the Revolution

Be the RevolutionAs an active pro-life student group, you have the ability to educate your peers about abortion and about the resources available to them to make a life-affirming decision. With your participation in the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, you may become one of the few student advocates on campus offering tangible resources for pregnant and parenting students. Your group may even be the only ones challenging your campus to change policies, provide resources, and support pregnant and parenting students in their journey to achieve a college degree.

There are endless opportunities available for you to organize projects- simple and advanced– to transform your campus. However, it is up to you to be the driving force behind change. Real change doesn’t happen by sitting behind a table with a sign that says- “Students for Life.” Real change happens when you actively challenge your campus and your community to provide the resources and support that a young woman needs to embrace her new motherhood and continue her college education.

Here is what Kristan Hawkins has to say about being the revolution on your campus:

Are you ready to BE THE REVOLUTION? Join the Pregnant on Campus Initiative. Contact Beth at bomalley@studentsforlife.org for more information.