Ace Space

Hey guys, today I’m going to talk about a 7C founded last year largely by Mudders. My friends Caroline and Parnika have become largely involved this year, serving as Chief of Staff and President respectively. Ace Space is a club for a-spec students at the Claremont Colleges. I decided to sit down and talk to them about it.

Parnika Sharma, President of Ace Space

Q: What is Ace Space?

A: “Ace Space is a club devoted to educating the Claremont Colleges about the asexual and aromantic spectrums. It also serves as a safe space and a non-sexualized for people who are LGBT+ as well as members of the a-spec community.”

Q: Why was Ace Space founded?

A: “Izzy’s (Izzy Lee, not me) idea about it was that lots of queer resources don’t focus on a-spec people specifically. Also, many of these resources and forms of support are often sexualized, and don’t consider the need for resources for minors or other LGBTQ+ people who want a non-sexualized environment.”

Q: What sort of events does Ace Space do?

A: “We hold frequent get-togethers to talk about our lives. We hold information sessions, we have education and outreach in conjunction with the QRC, and occasionally do panels for classes.”

Caroline Sinclair, Chief of Staff

Q: Are there any large events that you do?

A: “The week after Valentine’s day in February is aromantic awareness week. We had three main events. The first one was an ice cream social at the QRC, which provides a place for people in the 5C’s to meet up and talk about aromantic things. We had an information session on Sunday, to inform people on the aromantic spectrum because a lot of people don’t understand the aromantic spectrum. And on Saturday, we had a cupcake decorating and movie event, which was mostly themed about getting people together in the same room, and providing a space for the community to connect and celebrate the week.”

Q: What sort of class panels have you done?

A: “We did a panel for the psychology of close relationships class. A lot of the things in that class didn’t address the nature of sexuality, and didn’t address the possibility of relationships not being sexual. The students pushed back on this a bit, and were interested in discussing this topic despite its absence from their book. Prof Mashek reached out to Dean Sumi (from OID) to find people who would be willing to discuss asexuality and aromanticism. So Dean Sumi reached out to us to talk about it.”

Q: If you could tell the general public anything about a-spec people, what would it be.

A: “We exist, we’re not broken, and that attraction is not the same thing. There’s nothing wrong with being a-spec or on the a-spectrum.”

A-spec issues really are something that aren’t talked about a lot in society at large, and there’s a lot of societal pressures to be in relationships. I personally think that it’s important that there’s a resource and community for this group at Mudd, and I’m happy to learn all sorts of new things about it and the community.