Digital Storytellers to travel to D.C. for Inauguration

Sarah Lee

Photographers and filmmakers will travel to Washington, D.C. Jan. 15-21 for the HW Go! trip to the presidential inauguration.

Students on the trip will make projects that try to depict the American political climate in 2017 or that address other important social issues.

The trip was announced in September before the results of the presidential election were known.

Some students, such as Victoria Steckel ’19, signed up for the trip thinking Hillary Clinton would win.

Despite not getting the result she wanted, Steckel is still going to D.C. because of the effect Trump’s election has had on her as someone born in Mexico, she said.

“I find that the issues of racism and hatred have really affected Mexicans and their view of him, specifically mine,” Steckel said. “I feel that I need to be there to witness this event because of everything he has already caused and will continue to cause as the leader of this country.”

Steckel aims to depict the effect that a Trump presidency will have on America through a series of photographs and interviews. She is most excited to interview Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to get Ginsburg’s thoughts on how the judicial system will change under Trump.

Film and photography locations include the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Supreme Court and the presidential inauguration.

After Trump’s election, Visual Arts Department Head Cheri Gaulke added the Women’s March on Washington to the trip itinerary in order to give students an opportunity to tell stories about the response to Trump’s presidency.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the different points of view and ideals of people in Washington, the ones who support Donald Trump and the ones who don’t,” Steckel said. “This is a historic event, and it’s worth going.”