Nelson Martinez ’18 addresses the Brophy Culture Project Club during a meeting on their club retreat on Friday Sept 8th, 2017. (Hunter Franklin/ The Roundup)
By Alex Cannella ’19
The Brophy Culture Project had over one hundred different students involved in its first year of formation and looks to attract even more this school year.
On Aug. 11, students gathered in the Robson Gymnasium for an assembly to celebrate our campus diversity.
In that assembly, the faculty and students watched a video created by the Brophy Culture Project.
The Brophy Culture Project began in the 2016-2017 school year. It has not been around for long, but has greatly impacted Brophy’s campus according to its many members.
The club was created with the idea to increase campus diversity.
It has been a way for student of different cultures to meet and converse.
Axell Komlan ’18 was involved in the Brophy Culture Project last year. He said the Brophy Culture Project is more than just a club.
“I’d say that the Brophy Culture Project is an inclusive and student-lead community that is committed to making sure that all voices on campus are heard,” he said. A big goal of the club is to break down the ‘wealthy and white kids’ stereotype of Brophy. “We reach out to the different facets of campus. We want to show that there are different lives amongst the student body. The fact that these different lives intersect is incredible,” Komlan added.
“The idea of diversity is one of the main focuses of the Brophy Culture Project. Yes, there is the obvious idea of race and skin color, but diversity can represent many different things,” Komlan continued.
The Brophy Culture Project does not have a president, but there are a few students that have stepped up as leaders to help guide the other members of the program. Nelson Martinez ’18 is one of those leaders.
“The Brophy Culture Project has touched me in many ways. It has been a way for me to open my eyes to things I haven’t seen before,” Martinez said. The idea of diversity stretches further than just race. “We have campus diversity in different ways, not just skin color. Political views, ethnicity, and religion are just few of many types of diversity,” Martinez said.
The Brophy Culture Project has started programs called Faces of Brophy and Voices of Brophy. Both programs allow students to express their lives in either presentation or podcast style.
Mrs. Tanea Hibler is a moderator for Brophy Culture Project and hosts the meetings in her room every Monday after school.
“Faces of Brophy is an opportunity for students to present their lives in front of the community. Faces of Brophy is a way for student inform people about themselves and share one thing the average person might not know,” Mrs. Hibler said.
Brophy Culture Project puts on about a dozen events throughout the school year. There is Faces and Voices of Brophy, but they are also involved in this year’s Summit.
Culture Week is another large event that they are in charge of. Culture week is a event for students to learn about their friends cultures.