Maya Kaul ’17 recalls visiting the Japanese-American National Museum and Arts District in LA a week before a homeless black man from the area was shot, connecting the parts of a global story of diaspora, community, and walls.
This past weekend, we played what I like to call the “ESL Matching Game,” in reference to the visual aid we created to help us pair student volunteers and Pomona staff members for the ESL tutoring program.
If you were to Google my home address, it would tell you that The Rock, GA, is a 34 hour car ride and some change to the east. But if you were to ask me to write down my school address, you’d be directed to Mailbox 1248 at Pomona College.
Last week, Pomona College campus was decorated with cohorts of effervescent high school students flaunting bright white T-shirts, broad smiles, and ignited curiosity towards discovery of a great milestone ahead of them - college.
I feel that it is often easy to get caught up in the logistical details and planning-related stress of Draper programs. In light of this, I want to take the time to briefly revisit what community engagement means to me.
"I’ve seen how summer research allows students to gain command of an area in their chosen discipline, and carry the confidence and excitement from that experience forward in their undergraduate careers and beyond."