Today was largely spent walking around getting accustomed to the city – which is architecturally beautiful and racially diverse – but also getting to know the other fellowship recipients.
Straight off the plane, I met with three others who I navigated the metro with to the hotel. Once there, we met a few others and later met everyone else at the evening Summit kick-off followed by dinner with a smaller regional group.
Right off the bat you can tell this is a pretty great group of people. They have an immediately compassionate yet driven aura around them. They have plans and want to go all the way with them. Their stories could fill books but instead of shutting them here, they’re still writing, trying to change the world.
I also quickly picked up on the differences between kinds of universities that the fellows were attending: A PWI is a “Primarily White Institution,” HBCUs are “Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” and an HSI is a “Hispanic Serving Institution.”
These racial and ethnic differences were again highlighted during the summit kick-off when we were all introduced to the geographic separations within Washington DC and spoke about how incredibly persistent within our country it is that your socio-economic background – in other words, your luck – determines where you will go in life and how successful you will be.
All in all though, it was a great first day and kick-off, filled with lots of hope for the next few days. Can’t wait to see what comes next!