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Stand and Share Your Final Thoughts

September 4, 2009
Students take turns sharing what they've gained from TWTP.

Students take turns sharing what they've gained from TWTP.

The Third World Transition Program came to a close tonight after three days discussing racism, ableism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, classism, and imperialism. For over an hour, students stood up and shared what they gained from the last three days. Many expressed the love and acceptance they received from their peers. Students referred to the workshops as “life changing” with one student saying,

I’ve learned more in four days than I have in four years of high school.

Even those who were uncomfortable with public speaking stood to acknowledge the MPCs, MPC Friends, TWTPCs, and fellow classmates for enabling the program. In the words of one student,

Personal growth, you don’t do it alone. You do it with other people.

A few teared up as they described their peers as family and the room their home. In this room, some students were able to be themselves for the first time. In the end they found community, inspiration, and love:

I feel loved by all of you. I love all of you and I love all those people coming tomorrow too.

Although TWTP begins with what divides us, in the end it draws participants together as a community that fully embraces the differences. Many will leave here with lasting friendships, but they will also leave with a general appreciation of and desire to learn from other people, infusing all of Brown with their love.

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