CenterPoint Newsletter | June 2016 | by Brittany Jackson, Academic Counselor for Upward Bound Math & Science Center
UNLV Upward Bound Math & Science Center (UBMSC) hosted its annual policy trip to Washington D.C. in March. This trip allows participants to gain both historical and political knowledge. Due to an extended layover in New York City, the eight UBMSC students and staff braved the cold weather and toured the New York University campus, Times Square, and the Financial District.
Upon arrival in Washington D.C., many exciting opportunities were provided for the students during this important trip, including campus tours of Howard University, Georgetown, and the University of Maryland. During the five-day trip, the students enjoyed a great deal of sightseeing. Time was spent exploring the national mall, where they visited a number of national historic sites, including but not limited to, the Capitol Building, the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall, as well as the World War II, Lincoln, Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials. Additionally, they visited Ford’s Theater, Peterson’s House, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The students viewed the blue, green, and red rooms of the White House, toured the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery, where they visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and viewed the Changing of the Guard.
On Capitol Hill, the students and staff had the opportunity to meet and speak with Nevada representatives. During these meetings, the students shared their personal stories of academic success and struggle, and how the Upward Bound program has assisted them in their journey. The government officials took the time to meet and take photos with each student to commemorate the experience.
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