Going beyond the classroom

Picture from Ken Fager

The Office of Residence Life, the Office of Career & Leadership Development, Academic Support Services, monetary assistance from the Chancellor’s Office and the Student Affairs main office hosted a Legacy of Civil Rights Spring Break trip for 40 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students in March. This educational experience opened the eyes of many students and became an emotional and inspirational journey.

Students learned injustices first-hand by visiting historical sites such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Civil Rights Museum. Through experimental learning, participants experienced others’ struggles, realities and hardships. This process helped many become more aware of their role in society, and gave students the determination to make a difference in the world.

One student expressed how much this trip meant them, “This trip has touched me in so many ways. I would pick this trip over going to Florida for Spring Break every time…I never imagined this trip would have been so powerful.”

Another student explained how he would describe the trip to the Chancellor, “I would thank him for the wonderful experience, and tell him that the trip turned me into a more mature and knowledgeable young man.”

Currently another trip is on the horizon for next year. Interested students should contact Chris Hollar: hollarc@uww.edu

For a further look into these students’ experiences, visit their Facebook and Flickr pages