August 21, 2019

students walking in washington, dc

Washington, DC is the political capital of the United States. But, what else does it have to offer?  NYU DC Dialogues led students on a walking tour to visit innovative and diverse organizations to show some different sides of the Nation’s capital. Students spoke with staff and learned about the mission of each organization. The tour included visits to the Aspen Institute, Groom Law Group, Renwick Gallery, United Nations Foundation, Victory Institute, and Washington Performing Arts. 

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The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Groom Law Group

We’re the nation’s foremost benefits, retirement, and health care law firm. We built our success over decades of solving complex benefits challenges in the public and private sectors, providing innovative legal solutions, value and true partnership to our clients every step of the way. At Groom, the brightest and most accomplished practitioners of benefits, health care, and retirement law are not just accessible to one another via remote access—they’re right down the hall.

Renwick Gallery

Branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to exhibiting American contemporary craft, celebrating makers taking both innovative and time-honored approaches to their work. The Renwick Gallery is located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington. This National Historic Landmark was designed by architect James Renwick Jr. in 1858 and was the first building in the United States built specifically to be an art museum.

United Nations Foundation

In our interconnected world, our shared future rests upon our ability to act together with common purpose. The United Nations was created to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation around shared interests and values. It is the one place where all countries and citizens can unite behind collective action to address our greatest challenges and deliver a better world for all. The UN Foundation supports the UN’s ability to tackle these challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all humanity. As we head deeper into the 21st century, this task is more urgent than ever.

Victory Institute

We are the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ leaders who can further equality at all levels of government. Through our training and professional development programs, each year Victory Institute assists hundreds of individuals who go on to influential careers in politics, government, business and advocacy. Many of our trainees join the more than 1,000 openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials now serving around the world.

Washington Performing Arts

One of the most established and honored performing arts institutions in America, Washington Performing Arts has, for more than half a century, engaged with artists, audiences, students, and civic life. The city is truly our stage: in venues ranging from concert halls and clubs to public parks, we present a tremendous range of artists and art forms, from the most distinguished symphony orchestras to both renowned and emerging artists in classical music, jazz, international genres, and more.