Diversity Club’s move to GSA grows membership

On October 26th, Meg Bierce, president of GSA, stands at the front of Mrs.Varela’s classroom, starting off member introductions at the club’s first meeting. She greets members both over Zoom and in-person.

Aiden Loya

On October 26th, Meg Bierce, president of GSA, stands at the front of Mrs.Varela’s classroom, starting off member introductions at the club’s first meeting. She greets members both over Zoom and in-person.

On October 14, the entire Pewaukee student body received the first email from the newly created GSA. GSA, formerly known as Diversity Club, stands for Gay-Straight Alliance, a nation-wide organization. These organizations seek to unite LGBTQ+ and allies in the community, as well as create a more accepting and inclusive school environment.

“Diversity Club accepts and loves all diversity, and our GSA will do the same,” GSA Advisor Abby Varela said. “My role as advisor will remain the same: to support students as they need it, offer resources and help the club.”

“Being a GSA gives us more power to hold more events, like our Day of Silence [an event that raises awareness on the effects of LGBTQ+ bullying.]” President of GSA Meg Bierce said. There are no set requirements to follow as a GSA, which allows for the Pewaukee chapter to have more freedom in event planning and organizing. However, Pewaukee GSA is registered with both the national and Wisconsin GSA network.

“What I want to do is have more people get involved and contribute to the community and school culture to make them more accepting,” Bierce said. “Again I want to reiterate that it’s for anyone, anyone a part of the LGBTQ+ community, anyone in the ally community, our end goal is to make Pewaukee a more accepting place.” Since the announcement of Diversity Club becoming a GSA, membership has increased from 10 members to almost 30 members.

Students interested in joining but weren’t able to attend the meeting should contact Senora Varela or Meg Bierce for more information.

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