This semester our chapter at Georgia Southern University has been making change on campus on many fronts. First, back in February, the chapter co-hosted a successful Take Back the Night event, leading a huge group of students in a march across campus to raise awareness about sexual assault at their school. Check out one of our student leaders, Carmen Gray, in this video from the event. Then, in April, Georgia Southern hosted a high energy stop of the #AbortionPositive tour, collecting more than 300 petition signatures in just a few hours. In these last few weeks of the semester, this chapter isn’t cruising into summer yet, they are hosting voter registration events and planning for next year.
It’s official: Our first HBCU (historically black college or university) chapter is up and running! We are so excite to see what ASU students do in the coming semesters to encourage their peers to fight for reproductive rights nationwide. Check out some of their student members, reppin’ URGE so, so well!
Emporia State tabled to educate their campus on sexual health, while also encouraging safe sex over the Valentine’s Day weekend. They distributed safe sex kits filled with condoms, chocolate, URGE swag, and more.
Students at Heidelberg delivered condom grams in an effort to promote safe sex on their campus.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day and increase sexual health education at Kansas State University, FIRE distributed safe sex kits. Complete with dental dam, lube, gloves, a genitalia-shaped chocolate pop, and lots of condoms, the URGE chapter prepped their campus for the holiday weekend.
The URGE chapter at the University of Texas El Paso held a nail art fundraiser in support of the West Fund. Complete with a glittery uterus, UTEP raised over $400 in a a few hours. The funds will be used to support abortion care in the Southwest region of Texas. The chapter also received some attention in their campus newspaper, with quotes from campus leader, Gina Lawrence.
Athens, Ga. – URGE chapter members at the University of Georgia partnered with the Feminist Women’s Health Center to raise awareness about reproductive justice in Georgia. The chapter members were adamant about students knowing about Georgia state officials recent decision to cut off funds for Planned Parenthood STI kits. These kits were the source for testing for STI’s such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. The event lasted approximately 2 hours and chapter members engaged students by signing them up for local, state and national conferences with URGE. Chapter members were also able to pass out informational cards and make a connection with their student body. UGA’s event made a BOLD statement and garnered major support.
Over the past month Kansas has gained national attention for its highly restrictive voter id laws that now require Kansans prove their citizenship when registering to vote. Students at URGE chapters in the state have been outspoken and finding ways to mobilize around this issue. Abby Agnew, a member of FIRE at Kansas State University, was recently quoted in her school’s newspaper about how these laws negatively impact young people and discourages them even more from participating in the electoral process.
The University of Toledo Feminist Alliance held a successful counter protest against an anti-choice group on campus this week. Chapter leaders passed out condoms, had conversations with other students and recruited more students to get involved with their activist work on campus.
URGE extends a warm welcome to URGE at Wright State University, URGE at Ohio State University and URGE at Otterbein University to our roster this fall! We look forward to future activist work from these campuses this year. Pictures are Anya Qiu and Julie Torres, who are chapters leaders at URGE at Ohio State University.