Upward Bound Takes Washington, D.C. by Storm

CenterPoint Newsletter | Summer 2017 | by Geannine Jordan, UBMSC Assistant Director

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UNLV Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMSC) hosted its annual Washington D.C. college tour in March. This trip allows participants to gain both historical and political knowledge, as well as many exciting opportunities. Upon arrival in Washington D.C., the Upward Bound staff and ten participants enjoyed a great deal of sightseeing. Time was spent exploring the U.S. Capitol Building, Ford’s Theatre, Madam Tussauds, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Holocaust Museum. Additionally, UBMSC were able to receive limited tickets to the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture. In high demand with thirty thousand ticket requests, they were ecstatic to have the opportunity to visit the museum. With five floors of African American and world history and only two and a half hours to see it, they took in as much as they could.

The college tours became an Upward Bound takeover with the UNLV and Hawaii at Hilo Upward Bound programs being grouped together at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Howard University. Sharing tours and having the students spend time with another university’s program was great to show how strong the Upward Bound program is nationwide.

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.

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