SU student shares insights from CCGTX internship

I currently attend Southwestern University and am approaching the end of my senior year.

I have been a part of Courageous Conversations for 30 days and in those 30 days I have learned that the organization is filled with such kindhearted, devoted, and diverse people.

Courageous Conversations includes people from a variety of different backgrounds including different races, religious beliefs, and economic status. Courageous Conversations mission states: “To promote a culture of justice and compassion in Georgetown for people of all races, and economic, religious and ethnic identities.”

One would think that having such different people come together to discuss difficult topics would cause more harm than help but from what I have seen that is not the case. Difficult topics such as race are often discussed openly and freely at the team meetings.

A respectful dialogue is always at the center of every discussion with the intent to learn from one another and to teach one another. I have learned that compassion and understanding are important when discussing differing views.

Being a student at Southwestern University I have been secluded within the bubble that is my campus. I have never fully been immersed in the Georgetown community and since joining Courageous Conversations I have met wonderful new people, I have been made aware of specific issues within the community, and I have developed a sense of awareness for the world and the people around me. Courageous Conversations vision is as follows: “Georgetown: A beloved community of compassion characterized by cross-cultural communication, collaboration, celebration and courage.” I personally think that if the Georgetown community embraces Courageous Conversations and everything that the organization has to offer that eventually we can come together to make this vision a reality.

Elly Vela

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