By JASMINE YOUNG
Kennesaw State University is home to more than 200 student organizations and clubs, many of which are traditional clubs, such as sororities and fraternities. One organization bringing change to campus is the Non-normative Anti-Assimilationist Students of Kennesaw State University, also known as N/A*.
N/A* was started in the fall of 2011 by a small group of students whose mission was to provide a “safe space for its members” and to “work to gain visibility and inclusion for all lifestyles,” according to the club website.
“We needed a place to meet and discuss how to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere on campus for non-normative people,” said Angie Daniels, referencing the club’s beginnings.
This group of students, which includes gays and lesbians, is pushing the boundaries of what is considered “normal” in regards to American culture. N/A* challenges such topics as gender and spiritual conformity.
“I love being part of an organization that is constantly questioning the norms. I’ve gained such a wealth of knowledge from the different life experiences of the members of N/A*, said club member Gaius Agustus. “It’s also amazing to be among people willing to work for real change for others; who work diligently for justice; and who often put aside their own struggles to lend their energy to others.”
The club is partially funded by KSU, but they also participate in fundraising events, making crafts for donations. This group welcomes outsiders of all kinds and can be found in what they deem the “queerbicle” or what other students would call “the cubes” in the student center.
A major goal for N/A* is to educate others on non-normative lifestyles. The club provides information online to help non-normative and normative students become allies for each other. It also organized a Harvest Moon Festival and Transgender Day of Remembrance, where club members walked for education and understanding.
N/A* was key in championing the Resisting Aggression with Defense for Men classes that were held for the first time this semester. RAD strives to provide men with basic tactical, self-defense options as well as education in making responsible decisions and their role as men in reducing violent situations.
Students can become involved in N/A* through meetings held every other Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The location for the meetings will be announced on its school site or through its Facebook page as information becomes available.
The club also supports the Transcend, a gender-variant support group at Le Buzz in Marietta, Ga., that provides support and education for transgender men and women on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the Gender Non-Conforming Process Group, which meets in Kennesaw Hall on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.