Fill out the Chapter Registration Form. Once you have filled out the form, you will receive a Campus Chapter Manual in the mail, which includes a Chapter Handbook (available below), tool kits, fact sheets, and more. You will receive a NSSRH email address for chapter use, and a link to your own chapter web page.
Brainstorm. What do you want to learn this year that is lacking in your school’s curricula? What community or advocacy activities would you like to participate in? Remember that comprehensive reproductive health includes many areas. Explore the resources on our website and use the Campus Chapter Manual for ideas and inspiration.
Think about your name. Nationally, we are Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health, but that may not be the best name for your own campus club. We support campus chapters choosing a name other than Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health, as long as our mission of supporting comprehensive reproductive and sexuality education for nursing students is being carried out. We also advise students to support the reproductive justice framework but to please not choose reproductive justice as part of your campus name. NSSRH is currently an ally and in full support of the reproductive justice framework but we are not a reproductive justice organization. If you would like to learn more about reproductive justice or have questions about this, please email us.
Identify your campus chapter leaders. Becoming a campus chapter leader can benefit you in many ways: develop leadership skills, become an advocate, network with other nursing students across the country in leadership roles, and build your resume.
Find allies in faculty. Not only can faculty members support you, but they write curriculum and share important information with students. If you feel like there are no faculty to approach, feel free to let us know and we can try to help you through our national connections. Once you establish your faculty advisor(s), share all campus chapter information with them.
Establish yourself on your campus. Take some time to find out what is required on your campus. Your student organizations office on campus will likely be a useful resource. Make sure you have taken the proper steps in order to ensure a successful NSSRH chapter.
Think about fundraising. It is a lot easier to host events or attend conferences if you have a budget for food and/or supplies. Some ideas for fundraising include bake sales, movie nights, local grants, talking to local restaurants about sponsoring pro-choice benefit nights, button sales, and talking to your student council.
Keep NSSRH informed! Check in with our Alumni Coordinator and tell us where you are going! Perhaps we can help find you a mentor, job opening, or group of people who will support you in your profession. Please pass your established campus chapter on to a new, enthusiastic student leader, and let NSSRH National know who will take over the leadership role when you graduate.
To register new chapters, or to restart inactive chapters, please fill out the following form.