I fear it may be getting repetitious for my blog readers to constantly be hearing about some new trip or experience that I had with Defiance College students. So please forgive me this new installment about a recent trip to Washington, D.C. with about three dozen DC students.
What a wonderful experience this was for all concerned! There were actually two distinct groups of students traveling. The first group was comprised of students with a special interest in social work. Social work professors Jeff Weaner and Alesia Yakos-Brown coordinated for them a spectacular series of meetings with national social work groups, Amnesty International, the Veterans Administration, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and others. In addition, the students got to tour some of the major sights in our nation’s capital.
Another group of students had more varied interests, and they were treated to a whirlwind itinerary put together expertly by professor Elcin Haskollar, who directs our Global Studies program. The students met with experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (hearing about issues from US-Latin American relations to the latest developments in robotics and neural technologies), spoke about Afghanistan with a colonel at the Pentagon, networked with young professionals, saw Ford’s Theater (where Lincoln was assassinated), viewed the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, walked around the perimeter of the White House, and toured the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and more. In addition, thanks to the help of Senator Sherrod Brown and his staff, our students were able to witness history being made as they sat in the Senate gallery during the final debate and vote on the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
All of the students together attended a performance at the Kennedy Center, toured the major monuments, and went to the Holocaust Museum, in addition to enjoying several distinctive dining experiences.
I am always amazed by how much our DC students benefit from these trips and the opportunities they provide. And, like so many of our domestic trips, these were offered free for our students. I was particularly pleased to hear freshmen on the trip already starting to think about their next DC domestic trip opportunity, even before this trip had ended!