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Tracy McLaughlin becomes new advisor for Human Rights Club

Natalie Bearfield
Members of the Human Rights Club stand in front of their bulletin board in the history hallway.

Regardless of political opinions, there is no doubt that human equity is a global issue that has been around for generations. Prepared to take on these issues, guidance counselor Tracy McLaughlin steps foot into room 133, ready to start her first year as an advisor for Westford Academy’s Human Rights Club.

McLaughlin is stepping into year one as advisor for the student-run Human Rights Club, a club that discusses human rights and equality around the world. Prior to this year, the advisor was English teacher Rebecca Shaw. 

“This is an important club, so when I heard it was missing an advisor, I immediately wanted to step in,” McLaughlin said. 

Previously, McLaughlin had helped introduce the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Best Buddies program to WA, and was the advisor of Best Buddies for two years. She has always been politically active and interested in what is happening in the community. 

The students of the club are also looking forward to working with a new advisor.

“I’ve been a part of this club for the past three years, so it’s nice to get a new perspective on certain things,” senior Sreya Binu, a member since her freshman year said.

The Human Rights Club was created as a safe space for students to talk about current events and human equity without having to worry about the conflicting opinions of others that may be present in a debate. Instead, students can share their thoughts in a peaceful, judgment-free zone. 

“The difference I find between this club and [other clubs] is that they both touch on the same concepts, but [other clubs] have more debates,” freshman Tanish Peddi, who is part of several other clubs of similar interest said. “If you’re into calm discussion and a more educational [approach], this club is for you.”

Along with their frequent conversations regarding world events, the Human Rights Club also works hard to organize fundraisers and offer opportunities for volunteer hours. Last year, they organized a Valentine’s Day Heart Drive for Massachusetts General Hospital, where they raised money so that they could give valentines to the children living there. 

Upon having a new advisor, the students are looking to unite the club more through various activities such as tie-dying t-shirts, volunteering, and hosting food drives. They also want to set aside lots of time to focus on discussion-based activities.

“The club provides a space for people to learn and grow, and that’s how we become a better community where we support each other,” senior member Medha Jegga said.

The Human Rights Club is very flexible and any student is able to join at any time. They meet every other Thursday in room 133 from 2-3 p.m.

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Natalie Bearfield, Staff Writer
Hello! My name is Natalie Bearfield and I am a staff writer for the WA Ghostwriter. This is my first year in journalism and I’m looking forward to writing articles and interviewing people for our school newspaper. Along with writing, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. 

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