United States: Human Rights & College Discovery
Start your Experiment in the Big Apple, New York City, by witnessing where many immigrants first entered the United States at Ellis Island. You will go on a walking tour of the city and explore the sites and history from the African Burial Ground National Monument and Chinatown to Little Italy and the Jewish East Side while discussing housing, places of worship, and history along the way. Learn to cook home-style ethnic meals created by refugees resettled in the city. You will also take workshops and tours at universities with human rights programs, which might include Columbia University, City College of New York, or Hunter College.
Travel to Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, as you continue south. You will engage with the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ issues, about its work and how it advocates for human rights. Visit the National Mall to see some of the country’s most famous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Washington Monument. Explore the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, including The National Museum of the
American Indian, where you’ll take a workshop on indigenous rights, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You will tour universities, which might include Georgetown, American, or George Washington University.
Continue traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, a cultural center of the American South, to begin your homestay with a local family and learn about the city’s crucial role in civil rights as you get your first taste of Southern life and culture. Learn more about human rights at Emory and Georgia State University and stay on campus while learning about the college process. You will visit Clarkston, just outside Atlanta, where half of the residents are refugees or immigrants and visit the nonprofit Refuge Coffee Co., a coffee shop that provides employment and job-training opportunities to resettled refugees. Meet with students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and learn about the role of HBCUs in civil rights history. Complete your journey with final reflection and visits to key sites, such as the Center for Civil and Human Rights.