Activism in D.C.

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Today was another jam packed day of the 2018 Citizenship Tour!

We began the day with a meeting at the National Student Legal Defense Network, a non-profit organization that works to advance students’ rights to educational opportunities and ensure that higher education provides a launching point for economic mobility. Students had the chance to hear from Alex Elson, Martha Fulford, and other members of their team on their career paths and the advocacy that the organization engages in.

Then, students met with Maurice Jackson, a Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. Professor Jackson spoke about his experiences navigating the higher education world and had a meaningful question and answer session with students that touched on topics such as racism, the impact of music, and what it is like to teach college students.

Then, students met with Judge Tanya S. Chutkan at the District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Chutkan discussed her career path from dance, to law school, to becoming a judge. She talked about what it means to take the bench and the ways that her career has impacted her life. She ended the Q&A with students by inviting students to sit in her judge’s chair a take a picture beneath the District of Columbia seal!

Finally, students ended the day with a fun hit around at George Washington University, followed by some pizza.

We look forward to what our last full day of the 2018 Citizenship Tour has in store!

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