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WIL Success Story
Moms Demand Action

Organization Mission

“Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.” (momsdemandaction.org)


Organizational Challenge

Generating student involvement in the movement and diversifying their organization.


Women in Leadership Team’s Solution

The team developed and launched a Registered Student Organization (RSO) focused on student engagement in issues surrounding the prevention of gun violence. They also organized several events to help promote the new RSO and ensure its success. The RSO, called Students Against Gun Violence, launched in April 2017. Through sponsored meet & greet events, they raised awareness, and generated interest and buy-in across campus.



WIL interns created a new resource for students to be heard about important issues and gave Moms Demand Action a broader reach in our community.

Interested in having a positive impact on our community like the Moms Demand Action team?

Email kate@ywcauofi.org to be notified when the 2020-21 application opens!