Before I begin with photos and commentary on the success of the Free Speech Wall event at Kennesaw State University, I want to preface this with a not-so-nice trip to this chapter's recent past. I'd like to do this to show a parallel of what we were, and what we're becoming. A comparison that will allow one to better appreciate what we did this week.
Prior to my YAL National Convention training and subsequent arrival as president to this chapter, KSU's YAL went through a one-year period in which we stagnated and began to decline in membership, interest, activism, events — everything. Rumor was circling around other political organizations that we were done — that the start of the 2013-2014 year would mark the end of the struggling chapter. In short, at the end of the 2012-2013 year, we were down to about two or three active members.
I wanted to defy these rumors and reverse the downward trend. My YALcon training inspired me to make this chapter like the many success stories that were shared during that amazing weekend in August. Better yet, I had about four or five interested members that who, because of the chapter's earlier circumstances weren't engaged last year, but were ready and eager to join me in building this chapter back up again. Within the first month, we achieved Certified Student Organization status (CSO). It was the first time in over a year that we had achieved that. We then had our first meeting, the first in almost a year. After a couple of meetings and our first tabling event in a long time as well, we were ready to revive this inactive chapter and go forward with Constitution Week!
Free Speech Wall — September 19th
As aforementioned, we tabled before the event a week before, put up flyers all over campus and even got a spot in the Sentinel school-newspaper advertising the free speech wall.