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February 13, 2022
This year, BSU has returned to create a safe space for people of color and to ensure that these same individuals are heard. But another intention of the BSU is to educate and spreading awareness. Senior and BSU secretary, Rachel Georges, intends to focus heavily on this exact aspect of the club, hoping to provide representation and education.
“BSU’s mission through our many upcoming activities is to promote and educate Black culture and history, as well as provide representation for us as minorities,” Georges said. “This year, as my last year, I hope that we can educate our peers on ongoing or past situations within the African-American community, as well as organize fun activities/field trips.”
Georges approach to promoting black history and culture includes the creation of an inclusive learning space. Georges feels that anyone can learn about black culture regardless of race or background.
“BSU is very inviting to everyone regardless of race or cultural background, we aim to educate many who may not know much, as well as host activities to promote various backgrounds, making this club very much inclusive and open,” Georges said.
Georges is also very adamant about MSD’s need for a BSU in the first place. Stating that the school’s majority white population results in minority issues being largely overshadowed.
“MSD needs BSU, because the demographics of this school shows that more than half of the student population is white, resulting in other minorities, specifically African-Americans, receiving little to no representation. Whether that be activities, shows, or even when a serious situation needs to be brought up,” Georges said.
Georges joined the BSU because she enjoys leadership and being as much as involved as she can. Hopefully with her focus on inclusion, representation, and education, she and her other officers at the BSU can lead Douglas into a brighter, happier, and safer future.