The Marginalized Student Union (MSU) is committed to providing the Green Mountain College community with cross-cultural experiences by fostering inclusion and respect for all. The MSU also enhances and enriches the experience of the entire student body by providing opportunities to engage and educate the campus as a whole on issues such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. This Union of students seeks to provide a platform upon which to promote ideals of unity under intersectional oppression in a world which is inherently oppressive. This Union aims to serve as an action group as well as an organizational asset, acting as an umbrella under which members of such campus groups as Pride Club, WINC, Activism, Intercultural Club, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Coalition for Students of Color might be able to easily communicate and collaborate. Though this is a Union for marginalized students, we gladly welcome and encourage participation from any who would be our willing allies and accomplices.
MSU accomplishes its mission by:
- Working together with a variety of campus constituencies and encouraging ongoing dialogue on issues of cultural exchange, race, gender, and sexual orientation between students, staff, and faculty;
- Helping to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the campus by sponsoring various speakers and events;
- Continuously working on fulfilling the demands of the Student Action Plan of Fall 2016; and
- Developing and implementing programs and services which celebrate diversity and enhance the GMC curriculum.
MSU can be contacted at msu[at]greenmtn.edu
The following clubs are under the umbrella of and united through MSU. Although these clubs do not represent GMC as a whole, each club represents one group of students ensuring GMC fulfills its Social Sustainability mission in relation to social justice and equity for all. These clubs serve various social identity groups and/or social equity issues:
The Intercultural Club (ICC) aims to help GMC be a place where the quality of education is enhanced and enriched by a diverse campus community—where all the student body and surrounding communities benefit from activities that promote multiculturalism. ICC works to ensure a positive college experience for all students, as well as to educate students outside of the club by promoting events, workshops and activities on campus and in the community of Poultney. ICC completes its multiculturalist goals by uniting students of diverse social identities; hosting events focused on bringing a plethora of global cultural traditions to light; collecting books, movies, and artifacts related to GMC’s students’ backgrounds; and using weekly club meetings to celebrate diversity.
Green Mountain College Students for Justice in Palestine is a diverse group of students organized on democratic principles to raise awareness about the human rights violations committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. SJP wishes to build solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for human rights, justice, freedom, self-determination and the right of return.
Just as we condemn the racism and discrimination underlying the policies and laws of the state of Israel, we reject any form of hatred or discrimination against any religious or ethnic group. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds to join in solidarity with the struggle for justice in Palestine.
We seek to educate our community on the Palestinian struggle and get them involved in our work for justice. Through this work we uphold the right of return for Palestinian refugees everywhere and an end to Zionism, settler colonialism, racism, and apartheid in occupied Palestine.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
SJP’s constitution can be viewed here.
SJP can be contacted at sjpgmc[at]gmail.com
GMC’s Pride club strives to create a safe environment for LGBT*QIA+ students and student allies. From within this environment we facilitate community and educational discussion as well as educational activism outreach to the wider community. The Pride Club values Respect, Inclusion, and Anonymity. What is said at Pride Club, stays at Pride Club; what is learned at Pride Club should be used to educate the wider GMC community. The “No Outing” policy requires that all members of Pride Club pledge to maintain all other Pride Club members’ anonymity. Pride club meets to give LGBT*QIA+ students a safe place to share their struggles and support one another—and no one’s anonymity should be threatened or else the foundational goal of support will crumble.
Pride Club is also responsible for offering Safe(r) Zone trainings to students, staff, and faculty. Safe(r) Zones are marked with the rainbow logo labeled “GMC Safe(r) Zone.” These are areas where the residing individual (student, staff or faculty member) has gone through training and is an educated advocate for LGBT*QIA+ students, stating their office or dorm room is a safe haven for queer students to seek help or an empathetic ear.
The Women, Intersex, and Non-Binary Community (WINC) is a support group for individuals who identify as women, intersex, and non-binary. Living in a patriarchal country where women-identifying individuals are subject to lower pay, sexism, and misogyny and intersex and non-binary individuals are subject to a lack of representation in history books and media, face daily verbal and physical threats, and are often subject to unemployment—WINC serves as a safe place for you to find support and empower one another.
GMC InterVarsity Chapter is an community of nonbelievers, skeptics, seekers and believers of Jesus Christ coming together to explore the word of God through community events, bible studies, musical worship, authentic discussions and much more . Come and experience the fun for yourself!