Clubs: Social Activism
Even though students at Darby are only in high school, they can still make a difference through social activism, which is available in these clubs.
The Activist Society
Written by Kiera Toliver
SocAct is the social activist club at Darby that deals things going on in America and around the world, and how it affects people. Lauren Hall is the teacher advisor and Janaki Nair is the president of this club. They meet every other Thursday.
This club is here to inspire young people to change the world they live in, and show them how they can accomplish this change.
Hall feels like it is important for young people to recognize they can make a difference.
“I think it’s important for youth to understand that they have the power to make change,” Hall said.
Along with promoting change, this club is also about giving people an outlet to share and discuss ideas. They make a point to make it a place where people can feel safe enough to speak freely and learn from of another. They also debate concepts and try to have people from both sides of issues to be able to talk about their side and learn understanding and what the sides are. People also bring in their own experiences to help further the conversation.
“In the past we have been surprised by how comfortable our club members were because they had shared really deep and personal information to further a conversation,” said Nair.
This speaks to the supportive and comfortable atmosphere that they created at SocAct, to keep the flow of ideas going and keep it a safe place to talk.
Gay Straight Alliance
Written by Nathan Moore
GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance, is a club that occurs throughout many school helping LGBT+ with social issues.
The club meets once a month to discuss issues that occur in the LGBT+ community. The next meeting they will discuss suicide prevention.
Club member Olivia Merullo likes the focus this club has on issues.
“I think this club is a little more different because we are facing problems…[We have] similarities that people have but they are trying to discuss problems that everyone in the club has and can relate to,“ Merullo explained.
The clubs advisors include Spanish Teacher Amy Curtiss-Kast, English and Theatre teacher Gail Griffith, English Teacher Lauren Ms.Hall. Everyone who considers themselves in the LGBT+ community and their allies are welcome.
Written by Edleen Nieto
The Diversity Club meets after school once or twice a month to explore the ethnicities, cultures, and heritages in the student body. It is open to everybody who wants to talk about and share their culture.
The ESL (English as Second Language) teacher and advisor of the club, Stephanie Grieble, believes that everyone has a diverse background and should want to share it.
“Everyone in America comes from other countries even if it’s three, five, or seven generations back,” Grieble elaborated.
Grieble believes Diversity Club is great for all students to participate in.
“As the diversity grows, we need to have an understanding of diverse people and accept the things they do and how to work with them, and instead of being separate groups, be a big family,” Grieble explained.
In April, Diversity club will hold a big event where the members of the club will share their culture, dances, food, and more with the school. Grieble explained more about Multicultural Day.
“It’s a big food fest, people bring food from their home and share with the students,” Grieble stated.
The fair will take place in the main gym and they collect the money from the event and donate it to the food pantry.
They focus on cultural celebrations of the month and their theme of the month on the activities they take part in. They do many activities such as decorating baby pumpkins in October or creating designs for the peace pole located in the Commons.
Written by Kiera Toliver
W.I.S.E. (Women Informing, Serving, and Empowering) is a school club set to help women feel empowered and speak freely on subjects pertaining to gender equality. At W.I.S.E. students get to work with each other to talk about not only issues facing women all over the world, but also get to talk about ways to better their community through service and projects.
They also work to empower women, as well as advocating for gender equality. This club is run by teacher advisor Lauren Hall, and club president Delaney Whittaker. Whittaker has been a member of W.I.S.E. for the last two years, since the club was reintroduced to Darby.
Among some community projects include working with different organizations throughout Columbus, like the YMCA and the Van Buren Community Shelter.
Whittaker enjoys W.I.S.E because it’s beneficial to the community.
“We’re planning to volunteer once a month as a group and have ongoing drives at Darby,” Whittaker elaborated.
These events are among several that the club is looking forward to this year. They plan to have two guest speakers that adviser Ms. Hall says are coming to talk at a club meeting on a Friday after school.
Written by Olivia Deslandes
ROCK club is a leadership multicultural a club dedicated to learning, teaching, and spreading social justice in the community. ROCK stands for Reaching Out to Cats Kids, cats meaning the Panthers, Jaguars, and Wildcats. Advisers of the club Ms. Monseur-Durr and Mrs. Canty are the diversity coordinators in Hilliard and split their time between the three schools.
This club meets once or twice a month at the ILC, but does a lot of volunteering and learning opportunities throughout the year. For example, they went to New Albany schools to teach multicultural education to students and teachers.
Sabine Canty, an adviser for the club, is a former french teacher who now focuses her time to inclusion in the district.
“We really tackle issues. It’s not just talking about us versus them, focusing on how different we are from other people. It’s more than that. It’s taking steps in learning about multicultural education and looking at out commonalities more than our differences,” Canty explained.
This club is an extension of Multicultural Resilience Leadership Group, which meets during school and has been at Darby for three years.