Club Day 2017

Club Day offerings emphasized social change.

By: Alaine Farin ’20 Guest Writer

Knights want to make a difference!

Club Day took place on Wednesday, September 20th during x-period, and it was filled with enthusiasm and those seeking to make a positive impact on our world.

Many clubs carried a common goal: to make a change in our society by raising awareness, inspiring others, and supporting those in need.

Whether the focus was on empowering women or on building community within and outside the walls of Notre Dame, the club offerings definitely let us know what students were thinking about.

Girl Up! – This United Nations Foundation encourages adolescent girls to take action. This organization believes that when girls are “educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world.”  Join girls world wide who are raising awareness and funds for programs that give girls in countries like Ethiopia, Guatemala, Malawi, India, and Liberia (to name a few) an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.

Women in STEM – This club focuses on empowering women who plan to seek careers in the male dominated fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Men are welcome to join, not just women!

Women’s Empowerment Club – With the mission of inspiring women to build each other up, within and outside our community, members will discuss the issues women face in society and in school. The club will also raise funds to support women’s shelters and organizations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bridges Club – Continuing on the interest generated last year, Bridges is a club that promotes friendship and acceptance in a safe and open community. “We hope to make each student feel included and welcome at Notre Dame regardless of their sexuality, race, gender, or any other factor,” said Katya Rashkovsky ‘18.

Amnesty International, a club that has been in existence for many years, has found renewed interest recently. The club discusses political topics affecting the world and its people such as gun violence, police brutality, refugee crises, migrant rights, and the death penalty, to name a few. Through letter writing campaigns, members will “work to defend the human rights and bring light to all the human rights violations all around the world,” said Gillian Roy ‘19

The Outreach Club has been a club since 2008. Club moderator, Mrs. Shelton, said, “We seek to connect Notre Dame Students with those in need in our community [and world]. We have done tree planting days, and bake sales for women in Africa.” This year they plan to have two events per month including making teddy bears out of towels, writing cards, and having fundraisers. “I’m planning to make 90 [teddy bears] for an orphanage and clinic in Tijuana this year,” said Terrie Joo 20’.

These were only a few of many clubs that were out there, but the message was clear: Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring. Get involved! Together we can work towards improving our society.

Be sure to listen to the announcements for other upcoming club meetings!

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