Students for Life Welcomes Wilberforce Leadership Fellows, Training Pro-Lifers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 27, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Students for Life Welcomes Wilberforce Leadership Fellows, Training Pro-Lifers

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 27
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Students for Life of America has created a new partnership between pro-life student activists and leaders of the pro-life movement. The national organization hopes the partnership, the new Wilberforce Leadership Fellows program, will result in a new generation of adult leaders against abortion.

"The vision of the Fellowship is to equip and further train student pro-life leaders to form national and state leaders that will help end abortion in our lifetime," the organization says.

Last weekend, at the SFLA national headquarters, the pro-life group welcomed the 2010-2011 class and the students heard from David Bereit, the national coordinator of the 40 Days for Life program. They participated in seminars on the history of the pro-life movement, pro-life apologetics, how to build and cultivate pro-life campus groups.

"These students are the rockstars of the campus pro-life movement," Kristan Hawkins, the head of SFLA, told

She added: "The Fellowship will help to continue their growth in leadership as well as propel them into a pro-life career by networking them with mentors and leaders from the national pro-life movement. We are so excited to be working with them this school year."

Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, each of the Wilberforce Fellows will be participating in a pro-life leadership training program to help them build their campus groups and to become better leaders.

The Fellows will be reading various books and articles on leadership, listening to webcasts and seminars on leadership in the pro-life movement, and will be meeting and talking with mentors on a regular basis. Each Wilberforce Fellow has been paired with a national pro-life leader to help them get the training and experience they need to start a career in the pro-life movement.

After listening to one of the mentors’ speech, Bereit said the Wilberforce Fellows were inspired to carry his message of hope back to their campuses.

"It gave me a boost in passion and I just want to get out there and see it done and actually end abortion," said Sean Maguire from Liberty University. "It is so encouraging that there is so much faith and hope in this movement; that we are coming on a time when [abortion] will end!"

Angela Bevilacqua from Arizona State University added, "This whole weekend has been a God-send for me and my club."

"I can only imagine that by the time I’m done with the Wilberforce Fellowship, I will have gained so much knowledge and understanding," said Jessica Brown from Cardinal Stritch University.

The Wilberforce Fellows include:

• Angela Bevilacqua, Arizona State University
• Devyn Nelson, North Dakota State University
• Kelsey Hazzard, University of Virginia School of Law
• Megan Redmond, Sacramento State University
• Natalie Fohl, McGill University in Montreal, Canada
• Jessica Brown, Cardinal Stritch University
• Sean Maguire, Liberty University
• Sarah Piron, Northern Kentucky University
• Shea Hasenauer, Cornell University

The mentors for the 2010-2011 Wilberforce Fellows include:

• David Bereit, National Campaign Director 40 Days for Life
• Steven Ertelt, Editor and CEO of
• Marjorie Dannedfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List
• Daniel McConchie, Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans United for Life (AUL)
• Peggy Hartshorn, President of Haertbeat International
• Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President of FRC Action
• Brad Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute
• Olivia Gans, President of the Virginia Society for Human Life
• Steve Aden, Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund
• Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America

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