TidePod Season 3, Episode 1: Cultural Clubs in RM


Valerie Wang

The TidePod, which was started in early 2019, is currently in its third season. Graphic designed by Valerie Wang.

TidePod Crew

In the first episode of the third season of the TidePod, we interviewed leadership from four different cultural clubs in Richard Montgomery: the South Asian Student Association, RM’s Asian American Club, the Jewish Student Union, and the Bilingual and Biliterate Spanish Club to learn more about their clubs and their place at school. Here at RM, we have a variety of academic and special interest clubs. The category that we’ll be looking at today is culture. Cultural clubs promote awareness of different cultures present which is important for representing diversity and informing students about the cultures present in our school and the world.

With 140 clubs registered this year, there are 32 clubs that identify themselves as cultural/ethnic. Today, we will be speaking to Kaia Lee- Espiritu, Anjali Natarajan, Sydney Weiss, and Desiree Ascensio Coto from four different cultural clubs about their culture and how they use their club to start conversations. We’ll also gain insight into how clubs are functioning during these times of online learning and quarantine. 

Photo courtesy of Rediet Ghebrehiwet. RM club leaders Kaia Lee-Espiritu (top left), Desiree Ascensio Coto (top middle), Sydney Weiss (top right), and Anjali Natarajan (bottom middle).

You can listen to “Cultural Clubs in RM” here.

Featured guests: Kaia Lee-Espiritu, Anjali Natarajan, Sydney Weiss, and Desiree Ascensio Coto.

This episode was hosted by Savva Brown and Alyssa Lee.

The script was written by Julia Craig. Publicity and outreach by Nikki Shah, Amna Shamim, and Mirula Prasad.

Graphic by Valerie Wang. Music courtesy of Corrigan Peters.

Edited by Rediet Ghebrehiwet. Produced by Mirula Prasad and Amna Shamim.

You can listen to the rest of the TidePod podcast here.