"A lot of people do want more" than casual sexual hookups, Seery said, and they should be able to "expect more than the message they usually receive during freshman orientation week."
Other initiatives throughout the year will include a Valentine's Day poster campaign and the 6th annual National Love and Fidelity Conference this November.
However, even with several annual campaigns and a growing corps of dedicated students, the university setting is a challenging battleground for the organization.
Some ideas that came out of the sexual revolution "really got a foothold in American universities," Seery said, explaining that this "orthodoxy of the sexual revolution" has permeated the culture in which young people are formed, and is supported by established leaders in the academic field.
"We're dealing with a culture that is becoming a lot more hostile to voices defending marriage as the institution between one man and woman," she observed. "In some ways it's becoming more difficult to promote sexual integrity on campus because our vision is an all-encompassing one," including not only abstinence, but also marriage, fidelity, and other issues that create controversy on college campuses.
Seery said that it is "inspiring" to see students face the challenge of campus dialogue in a respectful yet firm manner.
She added that it is heartening to see the network's campus groups offering alternative community and "a uniquely safe space" for students with same-sex attractions whose viewpoints in support of chastity and a traditional understanding of marriage are "discriminated against in other circles."
"That's something that our groups offer that no one else does."
Despite the many challenges within university communities today, Seery said that the organization has high hopes. She would like to see colleges "actually help encourage healthy behavior that will help lead to the flourishing of individual students and the student community," just as they try to promote healthy lifestyles regarding stress, tobacco and alcohol.
Such changes will take time, Seery admitted. "We know that we're playing for the long game, and that the culture is not going to be changed overnight," she said.
However, she continued, "ideas form culture, and if we change the ideas that are false but taken for granted at these universities, then we can actually in the long run have a meaningful impact on the culture."
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