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CB Cultural Clubs: The True Meaning Behind Diversity & Inclusion

It’s a Thursday afternoon. You’re sitting in class when the bell for all school lunch finally rings. It’s the infamous CB Club Day, and you can feel the excitement among your peers as you make your way down the hallway. When you walk out onto the main lawn, you are bombarded with hundreds of CB […]

It’s a Thursday afternoon. You’re sitting in class when the bell for all school lunch finally rings. It’s the infamous CB Club Day, and you can feel the excitement among your peers as you make your way down the hallway. When you walk out onto the main lawn, you are bombarded with hundreds of CB students circling around plastic tables and chairs set up on the grass. There are so many clubs to choose from, from social to service to political to academic. But there is one group that catches your attention: the cultural clubs.

If you didn’t know already, there are currently four cultural clubs that CB has to offer. This includes Asian Cultural Alliance (ACA), Black Student Union (BSU), La Raza, and Polynesian Club (Poly Club). Each brings something different to the table, with a strong emphasis on the importance of building an inclusive community that supports students from all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities.

“Diversity helps to improve the student experience here on campus. It makes it the place to be for all students,” Ms. Lisa Bronson, club moderator of BSU, explains. “It helps us to be inclusive and makes us more insightful about how we go about being Lasallian and being students here at Christian Brothers.”

Not only do these clubs spread the importance of inclusivity here on campus, but they also prepare us for the real world, expanding into the grand scheme of things as we graduate CB and continue our academic career.

“Promoting diversity at CB is essential because it promotes empathy, combats prejudice, fosters creativity in solving problems, builds self-confidence, and better prepares us, the students, to be global citizens,” says ACA club president Emma Liu (‘22).

Diversity and representation are essential at CB, but it’s so much more than that. These clubs create a strong community among one another that last all throughout high school and beyond.

“I just think it’s important that we share with everyone that no matter how hard things get or where you come from, there’s still gonna be a group of people for you to go to,” shares Poly Club president and ACA member Adelina Castellano (‘22). “It’s a less friend and more family aspect.”

“We have created this space for each other — we have all learned to give each other a space to become who we are and express ourselves,” says Ms. Anna Fernandez, club moderator of La Raza.

These four clubs stress that you don’t have to be a part of their respective cultures in order to be an active member of the club.

“No matter if you’re Asian, not Asian, or if you’re white or you’re black, you can join any club and be able to be a part of the culture even though you may not have it as your cultural background,” Adelina explains. “It’s still very fun and educating to be a part of something like that.”

“The challenge is to let CB know that ACA welcomes EVERYONE to join. [ACA] is not a club for Asians only,” Emma says.

Each club is also known for one big event that they host during the school year. Poly Club has their annual Luau, BSU has their Block Party, ACA has their Lunar New Year Celebration, and La Raza their Latino Heritage Day. But their involvement in the CB community doesn’t stop there. Many of these clubs take part in several different service opportunities during each semester, and additionally host smaller events for the student body, such as the Fire Noodle Challenge hosted by ACA.

With this year of digital learning, these clubs are trying to find new and exciting ways to reach out to their members and the CB community. Even though it may be through a screen, they are confident that they will be successful in doing so.

“I know big things are gonna happen with both [ACA and Poly Club] the clubs this year, especially with distance learning,” says Adelina

“We’re gonna try to bring it,” Ms. Bronson exclaims.

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