Student Voice of Denver South High School
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Student Alliance Clubs

September 18, 2017

What’s up Rebels! A special welcome back to all new and returning South High students and staff. After a successful first few weeks of back to school business, on Friday, September 1st, we had our very first assembly to inform the students of all the fun extracurricular activities that South has to offer this year. Most importantly, student senate leaders highlighted South student alliances that not only showcase South’s diversity, but also gives its students a safe place to relate to others and learn more about their culture. There are alliance clubs such as Black Student Alliance (BSA), Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Mi Gente, Feminist Club, Jewish Student Connections, and the Native American Alliance. These specific alliances serve as a place where its participants are able to comfortably talk about their identities and how that impacts them every day, while also discussing national and local issues.  Matthew Craig, the Queer Literature teacher and GSA leader, foresees that this year’s GSA will ¨be much more active¨; therefore, trying to ¨actively push for social justice and to fight back against current trends in politics that¨ purpose a ¨danger to the LGBTQ community¨. Craig also touched base on the importance of student alliances explaining that ¨students need to be aware of what is happening in the world,¨ and that student alliances not only allow students to ¨learn about and discuss important issues¨, but they serve as ¨a platform for activism.¨ Craig concludes that ¨it is not enough to just know about injustice¨ that ¨we must do something about it;¨ furthermore stating that ¨by becoming involved, students can become global warriors in the battle of equality.¨ With access to student alliances throughout the school, it is important to get involved whether it be that you need a safe place or a place to become more aware and learn how to advocate for what you believe in. If you´d like to join one of the student alliances, the dates and times will be revealed soon.