Emma Sjostrom
University of Minnesota
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
Campus Co-Rep

I work for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota because I believe everyone has a right to control their reproduction. Through this internship, I am able to advocate for a cause I feel passionately about – abortion access. Abortion is a part of health care and is currently under attack from politicians and anti-choice groups, despite the fact that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. We need to keep abortion legal to keep those women safe. I enjoy getting to talk to people about reproductive justice, and reach out to my peers on a university level, and feel as though I am making a difference on my campus.U1edit

Interning for NARAL has also helped me gain valuable experience. I have the opportunity to learn about what working for a human rights organization is like, and to figure out if that is a career I want to pursue. So far, I have loved my experience and do want to have a career helping people through advocacy and this is a great resume builder for me as well. In addition, talking about reproductive rights and abortion has greatly improved my speaking abilities. I am now much more comfortable speaking with strangers while tabling and door knocking. NARAL has also given me great volunteering opportunities, like door knocking for Planned Parenthood, or abortion clinic escorting.

Overall, my internship with NARAL is priceless to me. I love to advocate for such an important right for women and everyone in general.

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota believes in the power of the student voice! We recognize the need to train new pro-choice leaders and we’ve developed a Student Organizing program that reflects that.

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota’s Student Organizing program hires interns and works with pro-choice students at fourteen colleges throughout the state to educate and activate students on campus. Whether we’re talking about the availability of emergency contraception at your school, sex education, or deceptive crisis pregnancy centers advertising at your school, you can count on our student organizers being able to keep you informed.

The anti-choice forces are organizing at every level of government, in our streets, in front of clinics and in our schools! Their efforts affect women at every age, but much of their work focuses on college-aged women.

That’s why the pro-choice movement needs students to educate and organize on their campuses. Through campus organizing, you are helping to protect the right to choose and building the newest generation of the pro-choice movement. If you are interested in learning more about what’s going on at your campus, please feel free to contact your local campus rep by e-mail.

For a little perspective, we’ve asked all of our campus reps why they chose to continue the work NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota started on campuses. Throughout this series, you will get a better understanding of why this position is vital to our students and their communities. 

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