Driving up the 101 towards Santa Barbara as the sun was setting was just the start of a fantastic weekend with some amazing student leaders. Representing 23 of the top Christian schools in the country we gathered this weekend in Santa Barbara, CA to address the many challenges facing pro-life students at Christian schools. The conference was held at the beautiful Reagan Ranch Center (owned and operated by Young America’s Foundation) just a few blocks from the cool ocean. We know that most schools would rather ignore the controversy than prepare their students for confronting it. They would rather pretend that everyone on their campus is pro-life and that students are not getting pregnant. However, we know that students at Christian schools are not just getting pregnant, but are having abortions, partly because their schools do not support them in choosing Life for their children. And at some Christian schools, the administration and student government won’t even allow the Students for Life group to get started.
Led by the Students for Life team, the student leaders worked through the many challenges that they’re facing and learned from the successes we’ve experienced at other schools. Together, the students began crafting a strategy for fixing the climate of viewpoint discrimination, student apathy and overwhelming lack of life-affirming resources for pregnant and parenting students. Our goal is to help Christian colleges and universities better fulfill their mission of forming students to lead the Church in pursuing justice in the world. This meeting was just the beginning of what will be a long process to change culture on Christian campuses. We can’t wait for you to see the fruits of the students’ labor over the coming months!