It’s Important to End Your Outreach Well. Here’s How.

Are you a student leader who wants your club to have better attendance at outreach events? As a former leader of a pro-life organization at my university, I faced a similar predicament until I learned to add a critical step to my club’s outreaches: create a space where students can debrief and process after the event. Investing time for this discussion can change the way your club thinks about abortion conversations.

Picture: Josh and Timothy Brahm debriefing with the Students for Life staff after an outreach with them in 2014.

Josh and Timothy Brahm debriefing with the Students for Life staff after an outreach with them in 2014.

Consider whether the following sounds like one of your typical outreach events:

You reserve a table spot on campus. Then you tell your club about the upcoming event, but you end up getting a low response from members. You become frustrated by this, wishing your club was larger and that the current club members would step up and be more committed. You and the other club leaders must stay at the table for much longer than you’d like to because you don’t have enough volunteers to cover the table. This adds stress and takes away from your study time. Each time you want to have a tabling event, you feel even less enthusiastic and more desperate for help than before!

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. I’ve heard stories like this all too often from students I mentor, and it was my story as well until I learned about the power of debriefing after an outreach. Once I gave my fellow club members the opportunity to discuss and process their conversations after tabling events, their feelings about outreach changed. And when their feelings changed, their behavior changed, too. My club members began requesting more outreach events, and they even moved their schedules around so that we could fill all of the time slots. Outreach became a priority because we had a purpose at the table and we came to understand the benefits of the experience for ourselves and our campus.

We don’t want premises to be hidden. We want as much clarity in the conversation as possible.

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Successful social change comes from recruiting those who agree and reaching out to those who disagree.

For more of the context of this quotation, click here to read the full article, “Five Lessons for Pro-Lifers from the Women’s March.” http://bit.ly/2Gmwn6A

Rachel Crawford will be speaking on Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice” at St. Olaf College – April 11th from 7-9 PM.

Many conversations surrounding abortion focus on the personhood of the unborn, but the strongest pro-choice arguments grant the entire pro-life case that the unborn is a full human being. They go on to claim that abortion should still be legal because women have a right to control their own bodies. Rachel Crawford will explain how a comprehensive discussion about abortion needs to address more than just the humanity and personhood of the fetus, but also a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy as it relates to pregnancy.

Speaker: Rachel Crawford, Trainer, Equal Rights Institute

This event has been sponsored by Students Advocating Informed Decisions

Date: April 11, 2019
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Topic: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Sponsor: Students Advocating Informed Decisions
Venue: St. Olaf College - Sun Ballroom in Buntrock Commons
(507) 786-3017
Location: 1521 Campus Dr
Northfield, MN 55057
Public: Public

Rachel Crawford will be speaking on Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice” at Appalachian State University – April 4th from 7-9 PM.

Many conversations surrounding abortion focus on the personhood of the unborn, but the strongest pro-choice arguments grant the entire pro-life case that the unborn is a full human being. They go on to claim that abortion should still be legal because women have a right to control their own bodies. Rachel Crawford will explain how a comprehensive discussion about abortion needs to address more than just the humanity and personhood of the fetus, but also a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy as it relates to pregnancy.

Speaker: Rachel Crawford, Trainer, Equal Rights Institute

This event has been sponsored by Students for Life at App State and Leadership Institute

Date: April 4, 2019
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Topic: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Sponsor: Students for Life at App State
Venue: Appalachian State University - Solarium in the Plemmons Student Union
(828) 262-3030
Location: 263 Locust St
Boone, NC 28608
Public: Public