Our theme this summer is "disruption." Scholars are exploring what it means to disrupt systems and practices that perpetuate injustice and prevent individuals from standing in their truth. The Freshman Seminar/Critical Reading and Inquiry course provides a launching point for this investigation. Intended to "disrupt" traditional notions of learning, the course challenges students to consider who they are becoming through discussions, hands-on activities, and texts--ranging from Greek plays and prize-winning books to Twitter feeds and the night's sky.
Co-curricular Activities: Smithsonian Planetarium
The academic week kicked off with a trip to the Planetarium at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The scholars watched two shows that brought to light the universe's vastness and potential. Students will continue thinking about the stars metaphorically as they consider the possibilities available to them in college and beyond.
The week's activities concluded on Saturday with a trip to Richmond, Virginia's Trail of Enslaved Africans. This trip, the first of three African American history tours, was both emotionally challenging and a reminder of their ancestor's strength. Students spent the latter part of the day relaxing at King's Dominion.
What's Next? Week 2 Preview
By now the scholars are settled into their courses. Tutors/Supplemental Instructors are available throughout the day to help with math and reading. Students have an array of activities available to them outside of class, including fitness classes, yoga, basketball, African dance, workshops, and movie nights.
This Saturday the scholars will travel to Cambridge, Maryland to learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The afternoon will begin at the Dorchester County Visitor's Center's and continue with a bus tour that traces Tubman's footsteps in the Cambridge area.
The following week we will host our family barbecue. We invite you to join us on Saturday, August 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m. If you haven't done so already, please register online. Each student may bring up to three guests: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/639V9MP .
If you need to reach program staff, please call one of the numbers below:
Alex Haley Residence Hall Front Desk