Bonner Scholars will engage in critical discourse surrounding the issue of racism in the United States by visiting advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, and engaged citizens in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. We will analyze the issue from the perspective of combating institutional racism. In addition, we will focus on discovering the root causes of racial discrimination and learn about contemporary prevention and response plans for each affected group. Reflection will be a vital part of the experience and will be done formatively throughout the trip. The dates of the trip are Monday, May 1 to Thursday, May, 4 2017. 

Packing List & ITINERARY


  • Towel
  • Bed sheets, pillow and or sleeping bag
  • Umbrella / Raincoat
  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers)
  • Shower shoes (flip flops)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, soap, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nightwear
  • Business casual outfit
  • Comfortable clothes for warm weather
  • Pen/pencil
  • Board games (if you have any you’d like to bring!)
  • Camera (if you wish / if you are comfortable)
  • Spending money ($20 should be plenty but is not necessary)
  • Prescription medications (please let Blake know in advance)
  • Water Bottle
  • Photo ID


Monday, May 1

  • 8:30 Check-in at Alice Haynes Room (Breakfast / Trip Overview)
  • 9:30 Panel Discussion with University Professors
  • 11:00 Load bus and leave Richmond
  • 1:15 Arrive at Lodging / unpack
  • 1:45 Free Time / Group Bonding
  • 6:00 Eat dinner
  • 7:30 Skype call with Crystal Laura (Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline)

Tuesday, May 2

  • 8:00 Breakfast / Get ready for the day / Make lunches
  • 10:00 Meet with National Congress of American Indians
  • 12:00 Eat packed lunch / Rest or Written Reflection
  • 3:00 Meet with Poverty and Race Research Action Committee (PRRAC)
  • 5:30 Eat Dinner
  • 7:00 Watch documentary film
  • 8:30 Reflection and time to offer support to one another following the showing of 13th

Wednesday, May 3

  • 8:15 Breakfast
  • 9:30 Meet with the Equal Rights Center
  • 11:00 Break / Pack Lunch
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 Group Outing
  • 5:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 TBD
  • 10:30 Return to Lodging                        

Thursday, May 4

  • 9:00 Breakfast / pack up
  • 10:00 Journal time / group reflection
  • 11:00 Write thank you cards and clean up
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00 Load bus in D.C.
  • 5:00 Arrive in Richmond



Dr. Bertram Ashe, Professor of English

Professor Ashe’s research focuses on late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century literature and culture. He teaches and writes about contemporary American culture, primarily post-Civil Rights Movement African American literature and culture (often referred to as “post-blackness” or the “post-soul aesthetic”), as well as the black vernacular triumvirate of black hair, basketball, and jazz.

Dr. Jennifer Bowie, Professor of Political Science

Professor Bowie teaches courses on Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Law, American Legal System, Judicial Politics and Decision Making, and a First Year Seminar on The Rights of the Criminally Accused. Her research and scholarly work focuses on judicial decision making in federal and state courts.

Dr. Julian Hayter, Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Julian Hayter is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development during the mid-20th century within the broader context of modern African American history, and the American civil rights movement. His writing and research draws attention to mid-20th century voting rights in Richmond, Virginia and in the border South; the implementation of the Voting Rights Act; and the unintended consequences of African American political empowerment and governance post-1965.

Dr. Nathan Snaza, Professor of English

Nathan Snaza is Director of the Bridge to Success program and member of the English Department at the University of Richmond. His writings have appeared in journals such as the Journal of curriculum and Pedagogy, Angelaki, Educational Researcher and Journal of Critical Animal Studies.



Dr. Crystal T. Laura, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership (Chicago State University)

Dr. Laura is an assistant professor of educational leadership and co-director of the Center for Urban Research and Education at Chicago State University, and a volunteer teacher at St. Leonard's Adult High School for formerly incarcerated men and women. She is the author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (2014)



Poverty and Race Research Action Council (Washington, DC)

“PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality issues. PRRAC sponsors social science research, provides technical assistance, and convenes advocates and researchers around particular race and poverty issues.”

Source: http://www.prrac.org/about.php

National Congress of American Indians (Washington, DC)

NCAI Mission

  • Protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights.
  • Secure our traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for our descendants.
  • Promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments.
  • Improve the quality of life for Native communities and peoples.

Source: http://www.ncai.org/about-ncai/mission-history

The Equal Rights Center (Washington, DC)

“The ERC is a civil rights organization that identifies and seeks to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations in its home community of Greater Washington DC and Nationwide.”

Source: https://equalrightscenter.org/about-us/