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Cluett House Students Learn to Put Positive World Change into Practice in Washington, D.C.

Gemma Halfi
The Emma Willard School Cluett House residential community recently took a three-day excursion to a Washington, D.C., where in addition to seeing the fully-bloomed cherry blossoms, they explored topics related to the house mission of “putting beliefs about positive world change into practice.” They dug into topics such as human rights, justice, equity, democracy, and freedom through exciting and enriching activities.  
 
Students visited The National Holocaust Memorial Museum and the NEWSeum: the museum of the history of free press in America. These visits gave the students a chance to examine current and historical moments in the world when human rights and freedoms have been violated, and the way in which individuals and groups of people have fought back to create a more just and equitable world. They also spent time at some D.C.- based organizations and institutions, including The U.S. Department of State (Department of Human Rights & Labor), The National Center for Transgender Equality, Facebook DC, and Capitol Hill where they met with members of the staffs of both Senators Warren and Gillibrand. These visits left the Cluett House students feeling overwhelmingly inspired to find their own paths to create positive world change. 
 
The culminating event of the trip was a wonderful brunch with D.C.- area alumnae, during which many connections were made.  Students had a chance to hear about some of the important work in which the alumnae are engaging in the fields of human rights, social justice, politics, environmental advocacy, education, gender equity, and much more.  A very special thank-you to the fabulous alumnae who joined the group! Cluett House hopes to reconnect once again in 2020!
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