This program delves into the complexities of disaster preparedness, immediate response, and ongoing relief. Using Hurricane Katrina as a foundation of the experience, participants will explore New Orleans' unique cultural, political, and racial history, learn from a variety of local leaders and residents about the hurricane's immediate and lasting impact on the different communities within the city, and engage in meaningful work with grassroots organizations that are rebuilding and improving not only physical infrastructure, but social services, opportunities for youth, and the energy that defines a culture.
To provide additional context around civil rights, take two overnight trips, visiting Mississippi and Alabama. On these excursions, visit historic sites such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge, meet with leaders of incredible social justice organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative, and Human Rights Campaign, and take part in ongoing community initiatives such as Big House Books.
By engaging deeply with New Orleans, traveling throughout the Deep South, visiting powerful historic places, connecting with influential leaders, and engaging with a diverse array of local communities, gain a comprehensive and relevant understanding of the civil rights movement's history and future.