Civil Rights Tour
A few years ago, the MLK Student Board strongly encouraged the Office of Student Diversity Programs to lead students on Civil Rights tours. For the past several, the MLK Campus Celebration ended with a trip to a destination to explore the history of the Civil Rights era and visit key locations that played a major factor toward the Equal Rights Movement. The MLK Student Board toured the Civil Rights sites in Montgomery, AL and Birmingham, AL in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2014, the committee voted unanimously to tour the Civil Rights Sites in Memphis, TN. The tours have followed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King; Jr.; Memphis, TN is where Dr. King was assassinated.
Theses cultural immersions provided a first-hand experience for up to 70 students and 30 faculty and staff members to gain an awareness of where we have come as a nation with respect to diversity and civil rights. The tours also highlight the work we must continue in order to establish a more equitable and just world. This event is one of the best examples of faculty-student interaction and engagement. In 2015, over 700 individuals from the Georgia Tech community toured the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2017, Seventy students and thirty faculty will be able to tour Civil Rights sites in Washington, D.C. Participants will visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Mall and other historic sites. The tour is a bargain at $100 for students and $150 for faculty. Your fee includes a two-night stay with breakfast, charter bus service, and tickets to selected venues. Students who cannot afford the fee can apply for a Parents Fund for Student Life & Leadership Student Leadership Grant by November 18 by visiting https://orgsync.com/129703/chapter. In addition, students may apply for the grant now. Our goal is to make sign-up available for the tour to D.C. by November 14.
How to Sign Up for the Tour
Go to diversityprograms.gatech.edu on click on the RSVP tab at the top of the page. You will see a link for students and a link for faculty. Please note that our goal is to increase faculty-student interaction, and our priority is to register faculty at this time. However, the names of staff from sponsoring units or departments may be submitted by the Dean or Department Chair. Staff cannot use this link. Payment will be made through Marketplace. Once an individual signs up, Stephanie Ray will send you a link to marketplace to pay by Credit Card. You will have three business days to make your payment, or Ms. Ray will go to the next person on the list. They will take up to 100 students and 40 faculty for the wait list. Being on the wait list will not guarantee you a spot on the tour. Please note once payment is made, there will be no refunds. In addition, you will see a 2% service fee due to the Marketplace fee.
Students who need funding can apply for a Parent Fund for Student Life & Leadership Student Leadership Grant by November 18 by visiting this page. Please note that not everyone will be able to get a grant; please apply for the grant if that is the only way you can participate. You should not wait on the grant to sign-up. When you fill out the form, write the word GRANT in the meal section. The MLK Student Board is very excited about this opportunity.
All questions regarding participation and payment should be directed to Stephanie Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-894-8918. Other questions may be directed to Maria Yagnye or Megan Banks. Faculty will be staying in single rooms and students will be staying in double rooms. We will make a good effort to place students with friends. However, each student must have made the cut-off for the trip and each roommate must request each other. We will deal with room selections at another date; please do not tell us that information now. In addition, we want everyone to be able to fully participate in the tour. Please let Stephanie Ray know as soon as possible if you need a reasonable accommodation.