Archive | March, 2016

Kufanya Tena….”You may have to go back and do it again.” (Pre-trip post)

4 Mar

In 2011, I took a group of students to Guatemala for a class I was teaching.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but it happened prior to the launch of this blog post. I have no record or release of my experiences while I was there.  The majority of my students were students of color, their experiences informed and changed their lives in ways I couldn’t plan with the best lecture I could create.  

I mean nothing.  No journal entries. No notes in my phone.  Nada. I realized this when I started loading the blog posts for the London Retrospective.  Well, the universe has aligned itself in such a way, that I am going to be going back to Guatemala for the same class (just a different group of students).  I get the chance to go back and try this again.  What does it mean to travel here as a Black woman?  What will it mean to be Black faculty traveling with students who do not speak the language.  What will they see I won’t? What will I see they won’t?  I am excited about their research projects.  But even more excited that this time, I can include Black Away from Home experiences while we are there.  I am taking them to Guatemala City and Antigua.  Posts are coming soon…..
   

This is my phenomenal crew from 2011.  They have since graduated and are doing BIG things! Mechatronics, Business, Apparel and Textile and Technical Communication degree holders…and HONORS scholars!
 Palacio Nacional, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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