Controversial conversations take place daily as a part of education, both in and outside of the classroom and between faculty members and students, friends and family. Some students take the goal of informing their peers upon themselves, forming clubs, lectures and events to facilitate these discussions. One such campus group promoting these kinds of interactions is the Sanctity of Life club, which looks to host the Genocide Awareness Project on campus towards the end of this semester.

“The club’s mission is to educate students about the sanctity of life, so the issues we focus on are abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide — just cultivating a culture of life, and equipping students to do that,” said senior English major Jessica Schildt. “We’re mostly educational, a lot of our events are awareness-based events. We’re talking about this and to do that, we bring in outside speakers and groups.”

The Genocide Awareness Project is a mobile display by the Center for Bio-ethical Reform that has been set up on several university campuses across the United States, and includes graphic images of abortion in an effort to educate college students on the damaging effects of abortion. These images are contrasted with images from modern and historical genocides to bring perspective to the discussion.

The purpose of the display is not to be a shocking image but to be an educational outreach, to help students see the truth and understand the effects of abortion, said Jimenez. However, since the images are graphic, they also want to respect the students’ concerns by giving them the ability to choose whether or not to look at the images.

“I think we’d just ask students to have an open mind about it, understand what abortion is and understand how to share that with other people,” said senior history major Alicia Castelluccio. “I really would ask students to have an open mind.”