Student Spotlight - Chaney Mullins
As a young child, Chaney Mullins remembers her father constantly allowing her to ask questions and to have deep political conversations. With those memorable experiences, Chaney has grown to be a strong defender of conservative values.
Now a junior at the University of Virginia, she believes that liberalism at college is seen as normal, but what scares her most is that people do not think twice about it. Chaney goes on to say, “when you offer another way to think, there is a big shock factor for most people.” Even though she is really worried for her generation, she also finds hope that more conservative students will have the courage and patience to explain a new perspective.
As a strong defender of the life of the unborn child, Chaney is active in the pro-life movement. Every week, she goes out in front of an abortion clinic to pray and raise awareness but also to counsel women going into the clinic. She has been fortunate to have several conversations with the nurses. Many of them believe abortion is awful but they falsely believe they are “helping women.” By doing these sidewalk counsels, she has helped two women change their minds and keep their children.
When asked about her favorite conservative woman leader, she says “…it is so difficult to choose because each woman is unique and plays an irreplaceable role in the movement. Each woman fearlessly fulfills her calling like no one else can.” Chaney also mentions that Kate Obenshain is inspiring because she can take whatever the liberals throw at her and isn’t afraid to take on the campus leftists who come to her lectures.
Even though she has not hosted a speaker on campus yet, Chaney wants to see, “UVA dialogue about social justice from a conservative perspective, working to end poverty through the free market, personal charity, and economic opportunity.” She plans to host a conservative woman speaker in the coming year.
Chaney encourages other conservative students to “keep fighting because this battle matters. Get educated, get vocal, get support, and get active but also learn to speak the truth in love. Follow your passion and embrace it proudly.”
In ten years, Chaney would like to be married with children and work part time in the conservative grassroots movement. She also aspires to a career in pre-marriage counseling. With all of the passion Chaney has, we can see her making a big impact in the future of the Conservative Movement.
“I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.”—Florence Nightengale