By Mariana Martinez Hernandez
1. Enter several vibrant cultures in three weeks. Philadelphia is a place where across the city is across the world. This past May, the culture tour commenced in Fairhill, a neighborhood primarily consisting of Puerto Rican people. During this portion, participants began to understand the resilience of a culture buried deep by the societal importance of socioeconomic status. From Puerto Rico, they traveled to South-East Asia, where they were challenged by immigrant stories of cultural diminishment, survival, and grace received. In the last portion of the trip, the group made its way to African-American culture where they were faced with a current reality that is void of reconciliation.