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Explore DC Programs

Identity and Civil Rights

Immersive Experience

DC has a rich and diverse culture stemming from historical movements. AU students will have the opportunity to examine complex civil rights issues through famous museums and unique exhibits, such as the National Women in the Arts and the National Museum of the American Indian. Additionally students will have a chance to explore cross-cultural borders through interesting discussions with the Washington Office on Latin America. Excursions will be focused on exploring the amazing sights around the National Mall while also understanding the true meaning of diversity, and how we as Americans can be change agents to the social injustices in our society. 

Questions? Please contact (202) 885-3395 or email Click here to view the itinerary

Service Experience

Once known as the Chocolate City, DC has an interesting story regarding issues of racial identity and civil rights. DC serves as an epicenter for the plethora of organizations fighting for equal representation and justice. Revolutions for women’s rights, racial equality and gay rights have all come to DC. Organizations students have served at in the past include Center for the LGBT Community, MLK Library and The Women’s Collective. You can expect to talk with influential activists, create advocacy materials and gain insight to DC’s history of identity politics. Questions about joining us through service? Contact (202)885-1553 or email

Black DC: Activism, Art, Community, and Culture

Interested in political organizing around issues facing Black communities? Looking for community in DC? Join us to get connected to the vibrant Black history and culture of DC through community organizations, activists, restaurants, and venues. The trip focuses on community organizing and activism through Art, community building, and multi-issue politics that uplift and empower Black communities. Site visits will include interactive tours and meetings with organizers that focus on multiple issues impacting Black communities including: race, class, sexuality, and more. **This program has reached capacity and is closed**

Women & Politics in the Nation's Capital (Registration for this program has closed)

Passionate about politics, history, or gender inequality? Then join us and walk in the footsteps of women political pioneers on Capitol Hill. Participants will meet and engage with women shaping policy in DC, Congress, and the Executive Branch. You will discover how your academic career at American University can propel your career in politics and policy.