A need for inclusion// Voices is working to help create a more inclusive environment at Heath.

A need for inclusion// Voices is working to help create a more inclusive environment at Heath.

A Voice for All

A new student club

With every school year, comes new student organizations. This year at Heath, there’s one new club highlighting something that can sometimes seem to be overlooked on campus: inclusion and diversity. 

Voices is a new student club dedicated to embracing all the cultures that make up Rockwall-Heath High School, sponsored by Brandon Vestal, and co-sponsored by Alice Cotton, and Emeka Okafor. Voices was formed to highlight underrepresented voices and uplift those figures who have gone unnoticed throughout history, and they’ve made it their mission to give a voice to all. The club’s main mission is encompassed in three words: educate, celebrate, and support.

Educating the student body by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, draws attention to the cultures and issues involving these communities. Voices’ end of the year goal is to raise money to create a scholarship that is given to one female and one male student of an underrepresented minority.

Voices’ first order of business this year is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning with a class-versus-class mural competition as well as other activities, and ending the month with an assembly. 

Throughout the year, Voices will continue to highlight the accomplishments of people with a different heritage and background, but through the lens of women, as this year is the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In each heritage month, different competitions, activities, and events will be planned, all spotlighting the group that is being celebrated. 

Voices’ meetings are every Wednesday from 4:00 PM  to 4:30 PM in room 4005.

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