A variety of new clubs, including a climate lobbying club and an anti-gun violence organization, are set to table at the 2019 Fall Council of Advisory Boards Fair this Saturday.
CAB fair, the semesterly event that highlights student organizations on campus, will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 7 on Copley Lawn. The fair highlights over 300 clubs and will feature the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and March for Our Lives, among other new student groups.
The CCL, an international advocacy organization, will table at CAB fair for the first time Saturday, according to President Laura Rockefeller (SFS ’22). The primary goal of the Georgetown University chapter of the organization will be to lobby Congressional representatives to sponsor the Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal in support of imposing a price on carbon-emitting fuels, Rockefeller said.
“We want to make an impact and have a ton of fun doing it,” Rockefeller wrote in an email to The Hoya. “The Georgetown chapter of CCL will work with the environmental community here on campus, but our larger goal is Congressional action.”
Bringing a chapter of CCL to Georgetown will add to campus environmental initiatives and allow the club to build relationships within the community and advocate for the national organization’s focus on climate policies, according to Rockefeller.
“After learning more about the organization and getting involved with it as a whole, I realized I wanted to bring a formal university chapter to our school,” Rockefeller wrote. “The existing environmental community at Georgetown is fantastic, and I’m so excited for CCL to continue building those relationships while we work to promote the national branch’s goals.”
Undergraduates can start a new student organization through a semester-long New Club Development process, according to the university website. The listed procedure and related documentation are required for new organizations to be fully recognized, to receive Access to Benefits status and to access space reservation services.
Students interested in developing a new club could start the process last week in two of the three information sessions Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Leavey Center to gain an extensive overview of the process, according to CAB Chair Josh Sirois (SFS ’20).
If students missed the meetings, they are still encouraged to table with their groups in on-campus public areas like Red Square or the Healey Family Student Center, hold meetings in classrooms reserved through the registrar and advertise around campus, as long as signage does not use Georgetown’s name, logo and trademarks, according to the website.
New clubs add to the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on campus by providing more opportunities for community, according to Sirois.
“Georgetown brings together students with immense variety of backgrounds and lived experiences — all of whom have different interests and activities that they enjoy,” Sirois wrote in a statement to The Hoya. “Our opportunities for involvement must be just as diverse in order to create spaces for and build communities with all Hoyas on the Hilltop.”
The Georgetown chapter of March for Our Lives, a national anti-gun violence organization, will also attend their first Fall CAB fair this Saturday. The chapter will not only focus on the annual march against gun violence but also support gun violence preventative measures, according to Communications Director Kira Pomeranz (COL ’22).
“Many people think of the literal march on March 24th, 2018 when they hear our organization, and typically people ask us when the march will be this year,” Pomeranz wrote in an email to The Hoya. “However, this club is the Georgetown University branch of students who support gun violence prevention run through the organization behind the literal march.”
The initial march to protest gun violence happened in Washington, D.C., March 24, 2018, following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Students at Georgetown had a 17-minute walkout one month after the shooting to commemorate each person killed and to advocate for policy change.
The Georgetown chapter of March for Our Lives is fit for students who want to talk about gun sense legislation and important, difficult topics during club meetings, according to Pomeranz.
“I would suggest this club to anyone who agrees with gun sense legislation—regardless of political affiliation,” Pomeranz wrote. “If you come to a meeting you’ll have to think about subjects that make you uncomfortable, but it’s an experience that is so important.
Sana Rahman and Riley Rogerson contributed to this reporting.