The Ultimate Alternative Spring Break Experience

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --George Santayana

Using Washington D.C. and the surrounding area as a learning lab, PLU students will explore the connections between gender, race and history. Through such critical and experiential analysis of place, students will learn how gender and race are mutually constructed as well as how history infuses the places where we live out our lives and thus shapes our values. Perhaps now, more than ever, it is imperative to know the legacies upon which the U.S. was built so that we can act justly within that knowledge.

“What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman's face? What woman's terms of oppression have become precious and necessary to her as a ticket into the fold of the righteous, away from the cold winds of self-scrutiny?” ― Audre Lorde

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Help cover a meal for a student! We hope to enjoy shared meals as an opportunity to reflect as a community.

Help us connect with tour guides! Being able to travel around the capital with someone who knows both the history and contemporary narratives of the space will be invaluable.

Help provide metro passes so we can get around to different sites!

Help provide our bodies and minds with a place to rest, process, and prepare for the next day of learning!

Help cover our plane tickets so we can travel together to foster community, build relationships, and engage in critical conversations!

Thank You for Your Gift

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Completed! Gender, Race and History: Trip to the Nation's Capital

About The Campaign

Washington DC as Our Learning Lab

In our course "Gender, Race and History in the Nation's Capitol," we will use Washington D.C. and the surrounding area as a learning lab, exploring the connections between gender, race and history. Through visits to historical and contemporary locations--including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the U.S. Capitol Building, Monticello, the White House, and various other national monuments--students will explore how the intersections of patriarchy, racism, and nationalism are imprinted on the physical places that make up our nation's capital.

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Why is this an experience worth contributing to?

This course is a collaboration between The Diversity Center and Women’s and Gender Studies program. This is The Diversity Center’s second Alternative Spring Break offered for academic credit Our first collaboration was with Geoscience and Dr. Rose McKenney and focused on Civil Rights and Environmental Justice in Georgia and South Carolina in 2016. We had the opportunity to learn firsthand from organizations working to combat social and environmental injustices in the South and see historical sites that we had only read about before.

This year, we are going to explore the intersections of race and gender within the political, economic, and social context of racism and patriarchy, using our nation’s capital as a text. Through this course, we will have the opportunity to analyze the relationship between history, communities, and power.  We will visit the home of Frederick Douglass and the Mary McLeod Bethune House for the Council of Negro Women.  Through guided tours, artifacts, and narratives, we will learn about the historical and contemporary legacy of Sally Hemings and her decedents in Monticello.  We will visit monuments (on bikes!) such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial and hear the history of the enslaved people who built the White House.  And we are truly excited to have the opportunity to visit the Museum of African American History and Culture.

We are raising money that will defer the cost of our travel, lodging, and meals for students.  We appreciate your support as we travel to DC in March!

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Our Team

We are emerging scholars and leaders.  This course offers us the power of historical and contemporary knowledge that will help us achieve positive social change within our local communities.  Thanks for your support!

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