Welcome Back to the GSA!
At Warren County Community College, clubs tend to come and go. Mostly because all students are commuters and the college is a two-year program therefore, students are not on campus for very long. But those students with the ambitions, they have the opportunity for creating new clubs for interests they are passionate about. While the idea of students being able to create the, it makes it hard to keep clubs running after the students leading them have graduated.
“We want students to know that this club is not just for members of the LGBT community. It’s a safe place for everyone to come. It’s a place for people who want to be more educated.”
One such club that fell in to the background was the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). But this semester a group of students are working hard to resurrect it. Emily Tobin, President of the GSA, felt the college “needed a safe place not only for members of the LGBT community, but for everyone to be able to share feelings and be understood without the fear of judgment.” She spent most of Club Week at the start of the spring semester tracking down other individuals who agreed with her.
“I just felt like there wasn’t a club where people could belong who felt that they were alone. There needed to be a place for people like them to find people to talk to,” Kristen Chaney, Vice President of the GSA added. All officers of the GSA are passionate about creating a judgment free zone. But they also hope that other clubs will connect with them to improve the sense of community on campus.
“We want students to know that this club is not just for members of the LGBT community. It’s a safe place for everyone to come. It’s a place for people who want to be more educated. It’s a place for people who don’t feel accepted for other reasons. It’s a place to just relax and not have to worry about being judged,” Emily added. The club is hoping to connect with other GSA’s in the area and also hold awareness/educational events on campus as well as weekly meetings.
But since two of the officers are graduating this semester there is some worries that the club won’t survive without participation from more students. Kristen is one of the officers graduating. “I feel like this club is important to keep at Warren. A lot of people come from places where they aren’t accepted for whatever reason. This club would be a place where they could find other people with positive outlooks.”
When asked who should come to GSA meetings both Emily and Kristen replied “Everyone!”