Ryan Szeto ’14
RS: What motivated you to initially become a part of AAAS?
CE: To be honest, I did not jump at the opportunity my freshmen year. I didn't feel like I had much in common with the AAAS community at SI, since I'm from Marin, which is a pretty white-dominated culture. It wasn't until the end of last year when I felt more comfortable with myself and wanted to participate in the club. I've learned that my differences were strengths, because the club could learn from my experiences, and I learned from their experiences as well. For the longest time, I thought that being Black meant poverty, hardships, and economic challenges, so I didn't think that I belonged. But I realized AAAS is about unity, pride, and strength, so why wouldn't I fit in?
RS: What is your favorite aspect about being club president and why?
CE: I'd say my favorite part is being able to demonstrate that's it's okay to be a Black person who isn't involved in sports or music - typical "Black activities," but I still have ambitions and goals. I think we often associate Blacks with having certain talents, and I like being able to go against those norms and illustrate alternative paths for the younger club members.
RS: Name and describe some of the important activities and events that you're hosting this year, and perhaps in the upcoming future.
CE: I think the best activity we had was our Black social where we discussed what it means to be black. Mr. Guilbeaux and Mr. Jackson facilitated the discussion along with moderators Ms. FitzClarke and Mr. Delaney. We were able to discuss our concerns and doubts about being Black at SI, and I think it really strengthened the AAAS Club as a whole.
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