People often ask me if I am crazy to take 108 college students on a trip with only one or two other faculty/staff along to help. I always tell them it is a true pleasure and I get more from the students and the trip than I give. This statement is so true for me each time, but especially this trip I was able to be filled up for the challenges in my sphere of social justice influence. I have been feeling a bit tired and losing some energy. Fighting for educational access is hard work. I needed this trip and my students more than they needed me! I'm back and rededicated to finding funding to continue to build and expand the good work of Blugold Beginnings. I saw first-hand this week what a difference it means to invest in students intentionally to support their success! Thank you students for reminding me why this work is so important!
The 2014 Spring Civil Rights Pilgrimage allowed 108 UW-Eau Claire students and three faculty/staff to learn so much about the Civil Rights Movement. Each year the team of 8 student coordinators work tirelessly to plan an itinerary that creates opportunities for learning at every turn. From a perfect selection of movies to well crafted discussions and activities to excellent speakers and museum selections, this trip was wonderfully planned! I am grateful to lead coordinator, Maddi Rodgers, and her team, Jesse Martinez, Karen Dominguez, Joseph Huyhn, Jack Junker, Libby Richter, Shelby Abbott, and Michelle Purdun. These students invested hundreds of hours into making this an amazing experience for their peers. THANK YOU!