Experiential Learning Trips create opportunities to share history

Monday, April 15, 2019

Experiential Learning Trips, an initiative offered through the Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement, enable UNC Charlotte students to explore the histories of various cities.

Recently, 31 undergraduates visited Atlanta to better understand the unique aspects of Georgia’s capital.

“Atlanta: Past and Present” was the theme for this year’s trip, and during the three-day experience, the students visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights, explored the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park and viewed “The Meeting,” a play about the initial meeting between King and Malcom X, at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. The group also toured the CNN studio and World of Coca-Cola.

Ana Valdez, a political science and Latin American studies major and member of the Class of 2019, said, "The Atlanta: Past and Present Tour was an incredibly engaging trip that took the time to break down the rich and diverse history of Atlanta.”

International studies major Gracie Hood, who anticipates graduating in May 2020, added, “Being able to travel with peers from UNC Charlotte is such an incredible experience that allows you to expand your mind. Trips like these make you go beyond your comfort zone and explore the world we all live in.”

Rachael Forester, assistant director for Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement, stated, “I hope students left this experience having made meaningful connections to self and others through exploring different locations, and they are able to take the lessons learned back to the greater UNC Charlotte campus. Sharing history that is often rendered invisible can be extremely valuable. We want students to understand the world in new and expansive ways.”

The Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement picks a new, historic location to take students each year. Students can apply to participate in an Experiential Learning Trip starting each January; learn more on the web.