One after another, tables filled the quad of PCC; welcoming individuals with upbeat music, dancing, free goodies, and colorful snow cones to fight off the heat. In hopes to attract new club members, club rush week on campus allows students to gather and eat with their friends while wandering around to see if anything grasps their interest. With sign up sheet after signup sheet, surely there is a club for everyone.
Amidst all the tables and neon posters was Bonnie Li, second year student and secretary of She.Codes.
“The goal of She.Codes is to encourage women coders to be more involved in CS,” Li said.
“There are a lot of guys in the class and every class has like 40 people, with only 5 girls, so we want girls to take CS classes and be more confident.”
From specific clubs such as coding in CS (computer science), there were other clubs with different goals in mind to make students feel welcomed in the new semester.
Motoe Hiraki, president of CARP (Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles), shares the purpose of the club after becoming apart of it three years ago.
“We want to create culture on our campus where students are able to look and treat each other as though we’re each other’s brothers and sisters, and create a one family kind of environment,” Hiraki said. “We want these people to embody mutual prosperity, to be the ones people can reach out to as well as career wise like what can your talents contribute to society and make a better change for the world.”
The Formerly Incarcerated Radical Scholars Team, F.I.R.S.T., takes a slightly different approach in creating a community for students.
F.I.R.S.T. is an organization that creates a safe space for formerly incarcerated, system impacted, and allied students. They also have a program that branches off the organization called CORE (Community Overcoming Recidivism through Education) which provides the support services.
“We contribute to the prison to school pipeline by creating this community for people who have been impacted by the system, it doesn’t even have to be you, you can join even because you know of someone who has been impacted,” said Jessi Fernandez, program assistant.
Students are offered a variety of clubs to join on campus, but for some, joining multiple isn’t in their plans.
Seth Blair, cultural anthropology major and activities coordinator of Alpha Gamma Sigma, mentions how the time meetings of most of the clubs are very similar.
“Most of these clubs meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m to 1 p.m.,” Blair said. “I wanted to join the queer alliance club, but they meet the same time we do so I don’t think I will. But I did just join the Bernie Sanders club.”
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