By: Alberto Jones
This past March, UC students, staff, and faculty visited The National Museum of African-American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C.
The all-inclusive, 3-day faculty led trip included chartered bus transportation, local transportation in D.C., lodgings, meals, and entry into the museum.
The trip was sponsored by the Office the Provost; Student Affairs; Taft Research Center; Office of Equality & Inclusion; McMicken Office of the Dean; Departments of: History; Africana Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Anthropology; Chemistry, Classics; Communication; English and Comparative Lit; Geology; Journalism; Judaic Studies; Mathematical Sciences; Physics; Psychology; Romance Languages and Literatures; and the College of Law; and UC-Blue Ash Department of History.
A total of 98 students and 35 administrators attended the trip, led and organized by Dr. Holly McGee, assistant professor in the Department of History, and Ashley Bone, financial administrator for the Department of History.
For Dr. McGee, it is important to have trips like this so that every student has the “college experience” without facing a financial burden.
“It’s really unfortunate that a significant percentage of UC students will never have an opportunity to travel because of the price point of many opportunities,” said Dr. McGee. “Creating these types of trips allows students to see that you can, indeed, ball on a budget.”
One of Dr. McGee’s fondest memories was seeing all 133 of the participants lined up in front of the NMAAHC.
“Our line stretched from the front door all the way back to the sidewalk in front of the museum. It was an amazing sight,” said Dr. McGee.
In the future, Dr. McGee hopes to be able to do the trip again.
“My most sincere thanks go to both my own department for allowing me the freedom to put this trip together, and to almost two dozen departments, colleges, offices on campus that generously donated funds to off-set student transportation to and around D.C.,” said Dr. McGee.
Chanel Van Dyke, a graduating senior in middle school education, was one of the students who went on the trip. For Van Dyke, the trip was “life-changing”
“So many people have not had the opportunity to visit this museum because it is so new and tickets get sold out months at a time, so having the opportunity truly was a blessing,” said Van Dyke.
Van Dyke, a proud African-American woman, says that the trip was inspiring for the black community.
“We live in a world where we are constantly being told we are not good enough or do not have what it takes, but when we stepped foot into that museum we saw just how good enough we are and how strong our people are,” said Van Dyke.
In a thank you to note to Department of History, Laura Loechle, a senior majoring in history, expressed her gratitude for the trip.
“I have met many new people and experienced so many life-changing things in less than two days,” said Loechle. “Thank you so much for making it possible.”
For more information about the Department of History, please visit: artsci.uc.edu/departments/history/