Inclusion and Involvement

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Peer Mentoring and Associated Student Body hosted a second Club Hello Day as part of Inclusion Week in an effort to make joining a club more accessible for students.

Clubs including Gay-Straight Alliance, Chinese Culture Club and Lunch Bunch had tables stationed around the Multi-Purpose Room. For clubs without assigned tables, there was an information table set up with the names of each club sorted by category and Peer Mentors stationed at the table to answer questions.

Peer Mentoring intends to make the MPR set up as a less overwhelming alternative to Club Hello Day out in the quad since it is in a smaller setting.

“We just thought it was a really good thing to include members of the school community who aren’t always included in clubs,” junior Chinese Culture Club member Conor Devlin said.

Chinese Culture Club often discusses Chinese politics, language and food. To make sure they are inclusive, they are recruiting members that can bring in fresh perspectives and represent the Thousand Oaks High School student body in a more well-rounded fashion.

During fifth period, directed studies and special education classes attended to look around at clubs, with a larger group of students arriving at lunch.

Some students in attendance appreciated the event and its efforts. However, others showed signs of discomfort when it came to learning about opportunities to get involved in a club.

Both Peer Mentoring and ASB hope to get a more diverse group of TOHS students involved in various clubs, with Club Hello Day 2.0 being the first step.