By: Somy Ali
Member of GSSA
Production Asst., Radio X
(Nova Knight News,GSSA Issue, 11/20/2002)
Although the treatment of college students who are gay, lesbian and
bisexual has improved here in South Florida, there is still intolerance
and the fear of discrimination both on campus and in society. In high
school, many of these students encountered slurs, hostility, and sometimes
violence. When they attend college they still have a fear that this pattern
will continue and thus are afraid of expressing their sexual preference.
Until this semester, Nova Southeastern University has never had an undergraduate
organization focusing on these issues. In the past, talk of forming such
an organization was hindered due to the fear that such a club would not
be accepted. But this semester, the enthusiastic Omayra Colon and the
creative Kenny Kronstadt took the initiative and formed the Gay/ Straight
Student Alliance (GSSA).
The primary goal of GSSA is to support diversity and to eliminate all
discrimination, not only against sexual minorities but all forms of intolerance.
GSSA's motto is to “Embrace Diversity,” and the club strives
to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment for all students at NSU.
The club is working towards holding social events as well as promoting
education and tolerance by creating a “safe place”. A safe
place is an area where students know for certain that they will be accepted
and not judged.
GSSA will be holding a “WINTER FEST” on December 5 th at
8:00pm in the Flight Deck and will be providing plenty of food and good
cheer! All students are welcome to attend the festival and support diversity.