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A Trip for Truth

Hamline University’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center (TRHT) took its unifying mission to Washington D.C. in October.

The one-day excursion was more than a field trip. Seventy Pipers applied to be part of an experience that was designed to strengthen the campus community through intergroup conversation and learning via visiting the National Museum of the American Indian, the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Prior to leaving, the selected forty-seven participants spent Saturday, Oct. 19 together in healing circles and dialog with a focus on lived experiences.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Hamline students, faculty and staff boarded an early flight to the nation’s capital. Upon arrival, The Pipers took the metro from Ronald Regan airport to the National Mall. Before the group split apart to explore their chosen museums, Associate Dean of Students Carlos Sneed provided everyone with a journal and asked three questions:

  • What are you grateful for?
  • What are your hopes and fears for today?
  • What are you looking forward to?

With those prompts in mind, three groups set off in different directions around the National Mall with instructions to meet five hours later at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

National Museum of the American Indian

Professor Jim Schiebel led the group going to the National Museum of the American Indian. After enjoying a drum performance that took place in the center of the spiral building, they headed to the Rayburn Office Building to visit with U.S. Representative Betty McCollum’s staff.


U.S. Holocaust Museum

Dr. David Everett went with people to the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The group explored the exhibits and took in a film titled, “The Path to Nazi Genocide.” Some students researched a digital registry of those interned in concentration camps and found their relatives.


National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carlos Sneed and Assistant Professor Rebecca A. Neal visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture with the Hamline contingent. The group joined a crowd of other visitors to the bottom of the museum which told of the rise of the transatlantic slave trade in the 1400s.


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

When the entire group reconvened around the around 5:00 p.m. a few rested, others circled the four-story King statue reading the famous words carved into the curved granite wall surrounding the site.4

After they returned to Minnesota, on Saturday, Nov. 9, the Pipers gathered for a post-trip workshop to process the journey and plan possible next steps for sharing what was learned more broadly across campus.

Washington D.C. Trip by the Numbers

47 Hamline community members
18 Hours of travel
10 Touchstones for meetings
3 Historic museums
2 Saturday mornings spent processing
1 Memorial
1 Visit to congressional office

Written by staff.