This past weekend more than 50 students from West Campus Living and Learning Villages traveled to the nation’s capital for the second annual Tri-Village experiential trip. Students from EcoVillage, Scholars Village and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Village filled Sullivan Hall lobby at 5:30 am Saturday morning to begin their journey. The students joined hundreds of thousands of people in DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as exploring the museums on the mall, including the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Natural History, the Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and others!
The students split into groups of four to enjoy culture, art, science and history for the day while also enjoying a grand parade of activities planned for the celebration of the Cherry Blossoms along the tidal basin. Following a full afternoon of museums, the students headed to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a performance by The Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and a dinner on the outside terrace, which has beautiful panoramic views of the DC skyline overlooking the Potomac River. The day ended with a night tour of the historic monuments and memorials, including the Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. monuments as well as the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.
The Tri-Village Council, which planned and organized the trip, includes leadership from University Housing and all three West Campus Living and Learning Villages. The Council meets monthly to collaborate and build opportunities for creating cross-connective experiences for students and focuses on ensuring all students from our concerted Move-in Welcome activities to the End of Year Celebration event have opportunities to learn and develop social connections. While each individual Living and Learning Village has a distinct focus, the shared experience of interactions among students across the Villages provides a unique and valuable element to their residential experience.