By: Arelis Herrera and Conor McCarthy
The first Black Student Union was formed at the University of Washington in the late 1960’s. As said by University of Washington, “They led a militant struggle for minority rights and the results benefited not just African Americans but also Chicano, Asian American, and Native Americans.
Wethersfield started their own BSU [Brothers and Sisters United] thanks to senior Jordan Griffin for bringing the idea to Mrs. Duggins last year. They decided to change the name because a lot of students can identify in more than one area. So to better represent the students of color at Wethersfield High School it was changed to “Brothers and Sisters United”. That way it doesn’t take away from the mission and it fits.
After school meetings are every other Tuesday in Mrs. Duggins room and there are no upcoming events but you should expect some later in the year!
We were able to ask Jordan a few questions and here’s what he had to say.
Q: What made you want to start BSU?
A: What made me want to start BSU was that I’ve experienced many social injustices in and out of school and I wanted people to be able to feel comfortable talking about them and how to address them. Also I wanted kids to feel like they had a safe place in the school.
Q: Do you think BSU has made a difference in WHS yet?
A: Yes I do believe it has made a difference.
Q: What do you want to accomplish with BSU and how?
A: What I want to accomplish in this club is having safe place for students to voice their opinion and for people to become more aware of the various cultures in the school. I plan on accomplishing this by making people aware of what’s going on and also by hopefully in the future getting a segment in Blue Eagle [News] pertaining to the club. I want the club to leave a big impact on not just the school but the whole Wethersfield community.
We’re so excited to see what BSU does this year at Wethersfield High School!