This year at Pierce College, clubs are on the rise. With all of the new clubs popping up, the Umbrella Club is as unique as it’s diverse.
The Umbrella Club supports people from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other communities.
Rather than being exclusionary, they welcome straight ally students, and anyone that wants to be involved.
“The club is a safe, welcoming place for people to come, a place for people looking for peers like them, “ Adviser Kawika Huston said. “For the students dealing with the question ‘who am I,’ it can be a lonely process, so having role models to look up to is healthy.”
The club aims to be a permanent fixture at Pierce College to help those in need.
“The LGBT community is silent at Pierce,” President Nicole Carroll said. “It’s a comfortable place for people that feel they have nowhere to turn.”
The mission statement of the club is
“To inspire self-confidence and advance equity by providing a safe and welcoming community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, transgender, questioning, queer and ally students of Pierce College Puyallup.”
While their mission statement covers everyone who may be included, their purpose simply states why they organized the club.
Their purpose is to
“Benefit the college and community by organizing social, charitable and educational events on and off campus in pursuance of increasing understanding and eliminating prejudicial injustice.”
Currently, the club has 10 members, including the president, vice president, chair members and regular members. The club also has two advisers.
While they are starting out small, the Umbrella Club has the potential to grow into an influential presence on campus.
“I just want students to know that our goals for the club are not fueled by self-interest,” Christina Crawford, Public Relations Executive and chair member said. “The Umbrella Club is not only a place for safety, but a place to impact the community in a positive way.”
Carroll explained the group chose the name Umbrella Club to signify that everyone is included. An umbrella encompasses everyone and keeps them safe out in the open, which is exactly what the club aims to do.
The Umbrella Club usually meets Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in the Connections Café.
For more information on the Umbrella Club or to ask general questions, they can be reached at their club email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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