CICCE-Sponsored Student Delegation Visits Nation’s Capital
In April 2017, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement sponsored a trip to Washington, D.C., which included a delegation of 25 students and five University of Mississippi staff members. The delegation consisted of a wide variety of students including those who had never been on an airplane, had never been to the nation’s capital, and even those who had never been outside the state of Mississippi.
The delegation visited several attractions including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and various monuments on the National Mall. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was the highlighted destination for the delegation, being the newest of the Smithsonian institutions as it opened in fall 2016.
While in D.C., students and staff members on the trip had an unexpected opportunity to meet U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters. The meet-up took place at Busboys and Poets, a downtown restaurant hosting an open mic night. While the delegation visited the establishment, the congresswoman was also in attendance and was impressed with a poem recited by a University of Mississippi student. Before Waters’ departure from the restaurant, the members of the delegation were invited to a private room where they were introduced to her.