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Volunteer Voices

Visitors to RACE: Are We So Different? will meet trained volunteers there to encourage dialogue and reflection, answer questions, and help visitors explore the exhibition. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.

Race exhibit Volunteer: Olivia Smith-Elnaggar


Name: Olivia Smith-Elnaggar

“I am a sophomore at George Washington University where I study English, with aspirations of writing and editing novels after attending graduate school. I am a black, Muslim woman starting to find my voice and stand on issues like racism and fear of the unknown. The National Museum of Natural History is my favorite of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museums, and I think that it is ideal as a venue for such a controversial and universally perplexing topic as "Race." I hope to be a positive influence in the discussion and to challenge some persisting misconceptions in visitors.”


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Special issue of AnthroNotes, the National Museum of Natural History's anthropology publication for educators.

Read a special issue of AnthroNotes, the National Museum of Natural History's anthropology publication for educators, published in conjunction with the RACE exhibit (PDF).

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