Surry Students Explore Atlanta Museums and Landmarks

Surry Students Explore Atlanta Museums and Landmarks Ten members of the Male Minority Success Initiative and Scholars of Global Distinction programs at Surry Community College recently traveled to Atlanta to visit museums and explore the culturally diverse city. (Left to right) Teresa Ruiz Vazquez and Joana Hernandez of Dobson; John Billos of Mount Airy; Kevin Garcia of Asheboro; Anayeli Garcia Villa, Paloma Garcia Serrano, Carla Rios, and Emily Orellana of Dobson; Julian Acosta of Mount Airy; and Humberto Colon of Pilot Mountain.

Posted: Dec 07, 2018

Ten students in the Male Minority Success Initiative and the Scholars of Global Distinction programs at Surry Community College recently traveled to Atlanta and explored The Civil and Human Rights Museum, The Dr. Martin Luther King Museum, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and The World of Coca-Cola. 

Because the trip organizers were aiming for transformative cultural experiences, they planned ethnic meals and other experiences like dinners consisting of Thai, French, and Indian food, as well as a trip to the Global Mall in Atlanta, which is an entirely South Indian operation. They also visited the Atlanta landmark, The Varsity, for burgers and other local specialties. 

“It was a pleasure watching the Minority Male Success Initiative and Scholars of Global Distinction students experience such amazing opportunities on this trip,” says Kasey Martin, Coordinator: Student and Community Engagement at the college. “The most impactful experience for me was the lunch counter sit-in simulation. While walking through the Civil and Human Rights Museum, I read information on the training that was involved in the non-violent protests of the 1960s.  With this particular exhibit, we sat at a lunch counter, and were placed in the shoes of protestors. We were given headphones and were asked to close our eyes and listen. It was as if you were really a part of a sit-in with the horrible name calling, death threats, and sounds of glass breaking and sirens. Needless to say, I left the experience with tissues in hand.”  

Sarah Wright,who is an English Instructor and leads the Scholars of Global Distinction program, says that many of the students told her the Civil and Human Rights Museum was moving and the highlight of their trip. “We were faced with many painful truths about inequality across the globe, and it was, at times, difficult to see and experience through the exhibits, but we understand that knowledge is key to a more fair and equitable world.” She adds, “I am confident that our students will be among the global leaders who will one day lead us in those endeavors.”     

The Minority Male Success Initiativeis a grant funded program that addresses the progression and completion rates of minority male students in hopes of increasing their success rate.  Surry has a goal to recruit minority males and ensure their success and completion through this program.  Efforts include offering various activities as a club, on and off campus meetings, trips to both educational and recreational facilities, as well as guest speaker engagements.

The Scholars of Global Distinction is a new program open to all students at Surry Community College. Scholars complete 15 credits of globally intensive courses, attend eight “passport” events, complete an immersion program, and deliver a capstone presentation. Participation in the program fosters increased global awareness and skills to compete in the globally diverse world. 

The trip was supported by the Surry Community College Foundation. For more information about the Scholars of Global Distinction, contact Sarah Wright at or (336) 386-3439, and to learn more about the Minority Male Success Initiative, contact Kasey Martin at (336) 386-3468 or

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