By Mrs. Margaret Price, Assistant Dean of Students for Multiculturalism, Leadership, and Student Programs
The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) hosted a moment of silence at the center of campus today in recognition of the National Day of Silence celebrated around the world. The National Day of Silence is a student-led demonstration where the LGBTQ+ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest against the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination in schools.
Student leaders read several startling facts, including the following: 82% of LGBTQ+ students have experienced first-hand harassments or bullying in their school and that all students feel safe and comfortable when they are supported by teachers and staff. After the moment of silence, the club members handed out GSA stickers.
“We were glad to share information on the National Day of Silence with the MVA community!” said Natalie Babinski, Vice President of the GSA Board.
“To have the ability to show people that someone supports them even if it’s something like this is monumental and is absolutely amazing, I’m so happy to be a part of GSA and hope to do things like this again!” said Isaak Williams, Class of ’25.