Nick Zwaan ’15
The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) participated in the National Day of Silence at Merrimack College on Thursday, April 16th. This movement is to quietly speak out against bullying.
The GSA’s Day of Silence lasted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For the last hour of silence, members of GSA stood out in front of the Sakowich Campus Center, holding informative signs up the Day of Silence. This was followed by an event in the seating area of the Warrior’s Den. The reception in the Den featured a speaker as well as pizza, and encouraged students to stop by.
Professor Jake Turner of the Communication department is the GSA faculty advisor for the ’14-’15 school year and attends all events that GSA hosts.
“The national effort is about creating the silence for victims of bullying,” Tuner said, “they’re silencing themselves to sort of say ‘Hey, we’re with you on this’ for victims of bullying based on sexual orientation.”
According to http://www.dayofsilence.org/, the National Day of Silence was founded in 1996, and has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all. The first ever Day of Silence took place at the University of Virginia in 1996, spreading to over 8,000 schools by 2008. Its growth and success reflects in reach to students across the country who seek to make their campuses safer for their peers who may be suffering.