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issue XIII DECEMBER 19, 2016
DO spotlight
This month we’re highlighting alums who are exploring (and changing!) the world. A few of our alums have either recently had or will soon have the opportunity to travel beyond their campus to experience life abroad. 

For the fall, Tanaya Cardenales (DP18, Connecticut College) got to spend the whole semester in Peru. She visited well-known cities like Cusco and Lima, but took her travels to new heights (literally) when she made her way up the Andes Mountain to Machu Picchu! “It was just amazing to see the structure of this place and hear the history behind it. To think that a 6'5 ft person rolled or possibly carried a rock that weighed a ton up a mountain to create this place blew my mind,” she said. 

Earlier this semester, Anita Ntem (DP18, Bryn Mawr College) shared a similar awe-filled journey as she ventured to Japan! Her trip was centered around analyzing ‘mindfulness’ and how physical environments impact our behavior and emotional responses. She experienced two drastically different environments: Tokyo, a super-fast-paced urban setting, and Mt. Koya, a simple, tranquil rural setting. She said of her time in Japan: “This experience allowed me to meet people who lived the simplest lives. It made me question how sometimes we make life more complicated than it needs to be.” 
Finally, during this upcoming winter break Akeda Riley (DP18, Boston College) will be off to Honduras on a service trip to make education more accessible! She will be assisting in the construction of a school located in an underserved community. According to Akeda: "We want to aid the fight against extreme poverty and violence through education and youth empowerment," continuing, "Making a difference can be something as simple as giving someone that lives in poverty hope. Hope for a system that could make social justice less of a theory or idea and more of a reality."
PLAN events
For AR’s Fall 2016 college tour we visited  alums in two of America’s most political cities shortly before Election Day. We kicked things off in D.C. where we picked up and enjoyed a memorable, insightful lunch with Radina Johnson (BP20, Howard University), who is majoring in business (and is classmates with Nick Cannon!), and Chelsea Fosu (BP20, American University). Over Thai food we discussed everything from cultural differences between HBCUs and PWIs as it relates to classroom discourse, to their freshman experience, to the election.

Next up: Philly! After a long drive which saw heavy rush hour traffic and heavier rainfall, we made it just in time for an awesome dinner with a varied group of alums: Aisha Soumaoro and Delilah Buitrago (both DP20, Bryn Mawr), Massendie Diaby, Anita Ntem, and Farida Ilboudo (all DP18, Bryn Mawr), and Raenuka Reneau (DP17, Drexel), a senior who will have her BA at the end of this academic year and her MBA by the end of next year! Our dinner lasted past closing time, but the restaurant let us hang for a bit longer as we engaged in both real and hilarious conversations –– which, after we left the restaurant, continued into the parking lot.

This semester is coming to a close and soon alums will be home for the holidays. As usual AR will host our annual winter event. This winter we’re giving alums the platform to discuss our nation’s current socio-political state and what it means for persons (and especially students) of color; we’ll also brainstorm ways we can collectively work towards a better future. Be on the lookout for more details; all DP staff & alumni are welcome!
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RECALL inspiration
"To think that the first class of DPCHS students I taught are now in their sophomore and junior years of college is pretty incredible. I am excited to have joined our Alumni team to continue supporting all DP students as they work towards their degrees and future goals."   

John Lindquist, Assistant Director of College Success
the team
John Lindquist
We’d like to send a big ol’ shout-out to Tarar Richardson (DP18), who interviewed and wrote content for the Spotlight section of this month’s Post. Thanks, Tarar! Your dedication is appreciated.
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