Hi Heather, you draw out an excellent point regarding seeing the personhood of those around us. There first must be a friendship or some level of trust and respect prior heavier conversations which listeners might find challenging. We must first establish our own credibility. I am reminded of 1 Peter 3:15 “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.”
Also, great work, Carrie, in being an ambassador for Christ on your campus!