School is back in full swing at most colleges across America. Now is the chance for conservatives to organize and combat pervasive leftism on college campuses. In order to make timely membership gains with a new batch of freshmen, here are five tips to live by.
- Start Recruiting Early: The first few weeks of classes are an essential time to recruit new members of your organization. This applies to both the fall and spring semesters to make sure transfer students and spring admits don’t fall through the cracks. The first few weeks are so pivotal to gaining and maintaining members because new students come to campus actively looking to make friends and find community as they make the transition to college. Non-freshmen students are reinvigorated to find new ways to get involved on campus in the beginning of the semester. Proactive tabling with attractive tabling materials on the campus quad is a great way to make your club known on campus.
- Host events early in the academic year: By hosting a major, speaking event on a relative political issue is a good way to drive up attendance to your first few meetings. You can offer pre-sale tickets to the attendees of those meetings, and other friends of the organization. Before the Ben Shapiro event at UC Berkeley, the Berkeley College Republicans had over 150 attendees to weekly meetings so they could get their hands on pre-sale tickets. Because we had that event and used it to market our club, we were able to retain some of these members for the next semester while grabbing national headlines.
- Circulate information regularly: When you’re tabling, it’s important to have a detailed signup sheet, including emails and phone numbers. Creating a Mailchimp account and send out occasional emails including the details of your weekly meeting and any deployments/events your club you may be going to in the next week. Making the interested members of your community believe your club is active is paramount to its success.
- Accommodate Greek Life: In my experience at UC Berkeley, more conservative students tend to be members of Greek life. If you have club members that are involved in Greek Life, give them informational materials to hand out to members of fraternities and sororities at meetings. What’s more, Greek Life weekends start typically with a sorority invite on Thursday nights, if there isn’t a wine Wednesday the day before. Holding your meetings early in the week can help accommodate these students that are more likely sympathetic to your organization’s cause.
- Coordinate with other conservative organizations: For the first few weeks of the semester, your club should be attending other conservative organization’s meetings, whether they be a TPUSA, YAF, YAL, or College Republicans chapter. By attending these meetings, not only are you reaffirming that we are all on the same team when it comes to fighting the monolith that is leftist campus culture, it also helps you meet conservative individuals you may not have met tabling on campus. By talking to these individuals about joining your club, you’re not encroaching on the other club’s recruitment or poaching their members. Remember: we’re all on the same team. Each club has unique resources and speakers the others do not, and coordination between these organizations can further activate undercover, right-leaning students on campus.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.