WHO WE ARE
To understand the mission of IEC, it is necessary to first understand Intersectionality. As defined by Google, Intersectionality is "the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage."
This means that all social justice issues connect on some level, and it is therefore almost impossible to discuss one without recognizing how it affects or relates to another. This system is important in order to understand the true gravity of not only the problems but also the solutions. The Intersectional Equity Club was founded because we believed that there was not a true platform at GFS in which people could learn about the injustices around them, and we were often enabled to neglect them because of our privilege. IEC is focused on using education to turn the members of our community and beyond into active members in society, fighting for change.
Founded by Allyson Katz, Clare Meyer, Martina Kiewek and Sam Zimmer in 2020, Intersectional Equity Club's goal is to not only examine the issues which lead to oppressive and discriminatory systems, but also to connect them; recognizing how issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, climate, incarceration, and so much more both directly and indirectly effect each other. We are focused on ensuring that the promises and values of the GFS community are reflected in our actions and policies - and holding ourselves accountable if they are not. However, IEC also understands that the issues at GFS largely stem from a greater, more systemic place - and we are therefore dedicated to pursuing actions against injustice on a greater level, both locally and federally. The privilege that the students at GFS have is greater than many of us like to admit, but it is because of our privilege that we have a duty to respond and be the initiators of resistance to those systems