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Bianca Rodriguez '21
Poverty, Race, and Culture in New Orleans

Through the program Poverty, Race, and Culture in New Orleans at the Duchesne House, participants were immersed in the culture of New Orleans and new ways of thinking about race, poverty, history, and community. Participants experienced learning, serving and living simply.

Bianca reflected on her summer service experience in New Orleans:

The most important thing I learned on this trip was listening to the other half of the story on slavery and hurricane Katrina. I only knew the first half which was what I learned in textbooks and what the news reported about the hurricane damage. Those sources left out key information that I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for my service trip. Both sides of the story should be available to the public despite how ugly and bad it may be.

The more service and cultural immersion I was exposed to, the more I appreciated everything I have at home. The experiences I gained made me realize I am lucky to have the things I have; most people are not as fortunate as I am.

I felt more connected to the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the Goals in New Orleans when I saw fellow Sacred Heart sisters from other schools practice the Goals with me. It showed me that all the Sacred Heart schools value the Goals as much as we do in Bryn Mawr.

I’d like to bring back to SHA the stories I was told from the various people in New Orleans.

I realized that we have the ability to help others and our voice is more powerful than we think. 

Learn more about Duchesne House here.

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