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Upcoming “Chip Trip” Focused on Civil Rights

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Vanessa Cheyann McKee on last year’s civil rights trip

On Friday, March 9, a group of Wilmington College students will embark on a trip over spring break to obtain more knowledge about the Civil Rights movement. On this trip, the students will be visiting several places in Georgia and Alabama: The Center for Civil and Human Rights (Georgia), Atlanta Aquarium (Georgia), Martin Luther King Center (Georgia), Tuskegee University (Alabama), Rosa Parks Museum (Alabama), Pettus Bridge (Alabama), and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Alabama). These adventures are often called “Chip Trips” because they are led by Chip Murdock, director of Diversity and Inclusion.

The office of Diversity and Inclusion takes a slew of trips each year and encourages all students to attend. The prices are very fair and a lot exploring is included.

Vanessa Cheyann McKee, a sophomore double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology, is a veteran of the annual Civil Rights trip and shares, “For the duration of this trip, we visit many different sites and museums that pay homage to some of the most influential civil rights activists.”

Important topics are also discussed among the group at historical sites and museums and knowledge, in general, is expanded upon.

“I attended the last civil rights tour and absolutely fell in love with the idea of celebrating the importance of African Americans right for equality and freedom.” – Vanessa Cheyann McKee

Aspen Galloway on last year’s trip

Vanessa continues, “As an African American female, this particular topic is extremely important to me. I attended the last civil rights tour and absolutely fell in love with the idea of celebrating the importance of African Americans right for equality and freedom.”

Many people have attended this trip in the past and have continued to attend because they have become infatuated with the aspect of learning while traveling. Wilmington College encourages students to participate in “hands on learning events” which is another reason why this campus
continues to thrive.Aspen Galloway, a senior double majoring in Social Work and Psychology, is also a veteran of all of the Diversity and Inclusion trips. Aspen shares, “I go for the experience and the once in a lifetime chance to travel. Also, I love learning about the African American culture.”

This trip, among many other travel opportunities here on campus, allows students to broaden their horizons. Many fond memories will be made, friendships will be formed, and an overall joy to obtain knowledge will be shared.

Ariana Riccardi

My name is Ariana Riccardi and I am a Sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. I am an avid reader and I love to write. When I am not writing newspaper articles, you can find me watching The West Wing or hanging out with my friends. I am very active on campus. I am apart of the Honors Program, the Peace Corps Prep Program, I am an RA, PR for Amnesty International, SLEB Grand Socials Chair, APB Comedy Chair, a peer mentor, secretary and PR for RSA, Fundraiser Chair for the Relay for Life Committee, Westheimer Peace Symposium board member, It's On Us member, Student Alumni Association, and NASA.


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