This January marked IU Bloomington’s 14th annual Civil Rights Immersion Trip, hosted by Residential Programs and Services’ CommUNITY Education Program. Fifty undergraduate students, along with several graduate students and IU staff members, traveled to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend to honor the birth of King's dream, explore the history of the civil rights movement, and sustain its legacy. Students visited many sites including the Rosa Parks Museum, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
“The Civil Rights Immersion Trip gives students the opportunity to visit all these different places and walk in the same footsteps as people who have come before them,” said Kevin Lewis, graduate supervisor for diversity education. “Everyone takes something personal from the trip, and it is our hope that students begin to recognize themselves as agents of social change.”
The IU Civil Rights Immersion Trip is generously sponsored by IU Bloomington campus departments and student groups including the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost, Residential Life Academic Initiatives, the Residence Halls Association, and the Commission on Multicultural Understanding.