Your journey through college is one that changes your life, broadens your horizons and enhances your critical thinking skills. We firmly believe that the college journey should also open hearts and minds to histories and experiences sometimes not fully appreciated by all. The Civil Rights Pilgrimage through UWEC is a unique opportunity to travel the path of the civil rights movement and walk through these pivotal places and stories in our history.
Each year, we offer two travel immersion experiences for you to explore issues of social justice and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States.
The trips for the 2022 academic year will begin on Friday, January 7, or March 18, 2022. Participants will travel to Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Gulfport and Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. Participants will return to Eau Claire on Monday, January 17, or Sunday, March 27, 2022.
Students can participate on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage independently or they can take the 3-credit travel seminar offered through Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The class is offered in Spring 2022 as WGSS 222. Students enrolling in the course will use their tuition to pay for the special course fee which covers the cost of the trip.
Be a part of a journey through history
See how the Civil Rights Pilgrimage has shaped students, faculty and educators. Watch even more videos on our annual immersion program by visiting our Civil Rights Pilgrimage YouTube playlist.
The Civil Rights Pilgrimage was undoubtedly one of the most formative experiences of my college career. I learned about the genuine need for social justice in the 21st century, particularly in the areas of educational inequality.
Help fund the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Without the continued support from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and generous community donations, the UW-Eau Claire Civil Rights Pilgrimage would not be possible for many students and area teachers. It is through their contributions that students and teachers are able to learn in great depth and experience the civil rights movement. Please consider donating.