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Summer 2009
“It was a chance to see the world through the eyes
of someone else,” Folkedahl said. “This trip was a
reminder to me of the power that we have as citizens,
as regular people, to change our lives and the world
around us.”
In "Woods Around the World," students spend part
of a semester studying a nation or culture and its
people, including it's history and way of life. Then
they travel to see that culture frsthand. When they
return, students complete a supervised project that
refects on the experience. In past years, students
have studied Kenya and Peru.
"This trip has forever changed
my worldview and historical
perspective,” Garnett said.
The fve-day trip took students to several of the major
cities involved in the civil rights movement, including
Montgomery and Selma, Ala., Atlanta and Memphis.
They toured the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, and the
National Civil Rights Museum. They also visited an
African-American church in Atlanta and the
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Martin said, “I will always remember the stories that
we heard and the knowledge I learned about one of
the most important events in our nation’s history.”
“We wanted to do something that would engage
the campus culturally,” said
Tammy Carter
coordinator of multicultural affairs, who accompanied
the students along with Tamerius.
“The trip was designed to help students get a better
understanding of the fght and energy that spearheaded
the civil rights movement, beneftting not just African-
Americans, but all minority groups.”
“The trip put students in a culture or sub-culture
different from their own to open their eyes and
motivate them to serve,” said Tamerius. “We hope
the trip gave them an appreciation for diversity and
those who worked for civil rights.”
“This trip has inspired me,” Outz said, “to continue to
fght for their dreams and pass on their stories of hope,
strength and triumph to make the world a better place
for everyone.”
Cato said, “The knowledge and feelings we attained
from the trip could never be absorbed solely through
reading books. Being there – right where everything
took place – was an inexplicable experience that I
can only label as life-changing.”
A travel blog about this year’s trip is available online
Left: WWU students visit
the Rosa Parks Memorial
in Montgomery, Ala.
Right: WWU students
visit the Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Atlanta, Ga.,
where Dr. King preached.