Students from the Bronx Institute’s GEAR UP program recently took part in a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for an extended lesson on civic engagement and democracy. The group of forty students toured the Capitol and visited with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Congressmen Jose E. Serrano, and Chaka Fattah.
The students, who were invited based on their interest in government service and the law, prepped for the visit by taking classes at Lehman about the structure of their federal, state, and local governments. Their tour included visits to the headquarters of the National Council of La Raza where they met with Janet Murguia, president and CEO, and with Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
On their visit with Justice Sotomayor, the students and staff were joined by James Davis, national director of GEAR UP, and Nofertary Fofana, U.S. Department of Education GEAR UP program officer. The whirlwind tour included evening visits to some of Washington’s best known monuments and memorials. The tour concluded with a scheduled visit to Georgetown University.