Washington, D.C. is a diverse and multi-faceted city. Through ASP’s Neighborhood Engagement program, each ASP student gains a comparable amount of exposure to the people and cultures of both federal Washington and the neighborhoods of D.C. The shared objective is to hold as many conversations as possible with residents of different neighborhoods. The shared goal is to learn more about the different ways in which power and poverty reside side-by-side in this city and what this means for our understanding of leadership and vocation. One of the ways that students participate in Neighborhood Engagement is through “Bus Days”–organized city excursions whereby students (in groups of four to six) discover the less explored features and history of different D.C. neighborhoods. To read more about the Neighborhood Engagement program, please click here.
In March, ASP students teamed up with their Washington Journalism Center classmates and spent a Saturday in five different neighborhoods of the District. Browse their presentations to learn more about DC’s vibrant neighborhood life.
Group 1 – 16th St. & U St. NW
Group 2 – Brookland
Group 3 – Georgia Ave. NW
Group 4 – Mt. Pleasant
Group 5 – Southwest
Washington, D.C. is about more than just business and government. The neighborhoods of the District combine with federal Washington to make a city with a unique personality. When you are eating free lunches at think tanks, attending Nats/Wizards/Capitals games, discovering a favorite local coffee shop, jogging past the Capitol, going on scavenger hunts on the bus, hearing oral arguments at the Supreme Court, getting late-night pies, and applying for a library card at the Library of Congress, life in D.C. is rarely boring.
ASP attended a baseball game at Nats Park, home to the Washington Nationals.
ASP internship director Elizabeth Pitts [far right] hosted a late-summer cookout at her home in Alexandria.
Faculty members Peter Baker and Gerry Hartis with the Fall 2013 students at the biannual ASP Alumni Picnic
Students took the opportunity to gather on the Mall to hear an address from President Obama on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. [Photo credit: Adam Saxton]
Adam Saxton (University of Northwestern–St. Paul), Dirk Oudman (Dordt College), Alexander Archuleta (Whitworth University), and Connor Briggs (Gordon College) snapped a picture in front of the U.S. Capitol. [Photo credit: Adam Saxton]
Saturday afternoon in Old Town Alexandria [Photo credit: Stephanie Grossoehme]
Living in D.C. means becoming a public transportation pro!
Anika Janzen (Bethel University) [right] and WJC student Katherine Burgess (Union University) snapped a picture after standing inside the U.S. Capitol building, right outside the Senate chamber, as the government shut down in October. Read their whole story here.