Written in collaboration with Georgia Gallagher
SO you’re part of the pro-life student group on your campus. Maybe you’re in a leadership role or maybe you’re an active member who attends as many group events as you can. Either way, chances are you could benefit from further defining your unique role within the group. Every single member of a pro-life student group can play an active role, whether you’re on the leadership board or not. We all have different strengths and talents, so why not put them to good use for the cause?
Georgia Gallagher is the leader of Bama Students for Life (…roll tide) and she devised a great way to pinpoint the “pro-life personalities” of her group members to figure out in which areas they could best serve the group. At their first group meeting of the semester, she had all the attendees take a pro-life personality quiz. It was a page of 36 phrases (that she made herself) that they rated from 1-4 based on how much that phrase described them. Check it out here! Some example phrases are:
-I am very outgoing
-My friends often come to me with prayer requests
-I think logically rather than emotionally
-I deal well with confrontation
-I believe that changing policy is the most important part of the pro-life movement
-I have previously participated in fundraisers, such as being a Girl Scout or Boy Scout, and enjoyed the work
-My friends ask me for advice for curating their Instagram
Attendees then tallied up their scores which determined their area of strength: prayer, policy, fundraising, advocacy, education, or advertising. This is super helpful on its own, but Georgia took it even further. She listed out what kinds of needs the group has in each of those areas. For example, she noted that they need help planning fundraising and educational events, tabling on campus, improving social media strategies, and even sidewalk chalking. PLUS she even included another page that listed out what kinds of skills are required to take on the different executive roles in the club (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary) so that members could visualize their trajectory in the group. Georgia said:
Our members kind of turned it into an unexpected game where they would try to guess which section their friends scored the highest in. It also led to a discussion of our Myers-Briggs types which was entertaining and helped us to understand each other better. At the end of the meeting, we had two brand new members approach us and ask how they could get involved with the tabling committee (they both scored high in the education section). One of our members who scored very high in the advocacy section approached me after the meeting and asked if I would set up a Sidewalk Advocates for Life training for her so she can start going to the abortion clinic. Most of our officers were happy to see that they scored well in the areas that their office position is concentrated in.
At the end of the day, remember that we can’t all be good at everything. Students often feel overwhelmed within the pro-life movement because they feel like they have to be calling their senators, tabling, chalking, running meetings, praying outside of the abortion clinic and working at the pregnancy center. If you feel like you have an affinity for every one of those things and more – great! You might be a superhero, or at least a superhuman. But for the rest of us, there’s probably one or two areas that really speak to us. Take the time to find out how you can best save those babies!