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Upcoming Trips

Check out the great trips we have for 2015!  Click here to apply to participate today!

Trip Descriptions

TaB Urban Violence

  • Dates: 03-21-2015 to 03-27-2015

This trip will be rooted in understanding and analyzing the historical inequalities that created—and continue to perpetuate—violence in urban communities by examining the historical, political, and social dynamics of violence. We will investigate the causes and origins of urban violence, its impacts on the experiences, identities, and relations of those affected, as well as the measures and resources in place to address and reduce this reversible trend. This trip will also encourage students to think critically about the role which urban violence plays in the proliferation of other social issues, such as poverty, drug use, and the disproportionately high number of incarcerated African American and Latino youth, as well as attempt to understand the significance and implications of such issues in contemporary U.S. society.

TaB Gentrification: The Politics of Space

  • Dates: 03-21-2015 to 03-27-2015

This trip will draw ties between histories of colonialism and their modern day implications, manifested in the racialization and gendering of spaces. We will analyze the role that businesses, popular culture, and housing play in both creating and disrupting what we see as conventional inner city dynamics. The trip will challenge our positionality on the issue of gentrification, pushing us to look at the ways in which we fall complicit to greater systems of oppression. We hope to leave this experience with a more informed outlook on the intersectionality of race, gender, class and ability and the ways in which it interacts with space.  

TaB Youth Homelessness

  • Dates: 03-21-2015 to 03-27-2015

This trip will engage and interact with the theme of youth homelessness, where we will learn how a diversity of youth that come from different backgrounds and have unique identities deal with certain urban adversities. At the same time, we will collaborate with organizations and agencies that serve them. After each volunteer session, we will critically analyze how such agencies positively impact marginalized youth and discuss how theses organizations contribute to debunking certain misconceptions. Our hope is that the participants will come out with a wider understanding of these communities, in both a personal context and at large. 

TaB Education Equity

  • Dates: 03-21-2015 to 03-27-2015

This trip will examine the various factors that influence students’ experiences within public K-12 education. Participants will learn about the broad structural inequity in the U.S. education system through materials provided by the co-facilitators, group discussions, direct and indirect service, and reflection. By the end of the trip, participants will have a better understanding of the underlying forces that contribute to structural inequity in educational opportunities and thus differences in outcomes for students based on factors such as race, class, and ability status. We will also explore possible solutions to this problem, both from the ideas of others and our own thinking. 

TaB Environmental Preservation

  • Dates: 03-21-2015 to 03-27-2015

This trip will focus on the impacts of environmental preservation.  Participants will come away with a deeper awareness and understanding of their personal choices, on their community and the environment. We will have the opportunity to discuss and  critically analyze common preconceptions, personal responsibility, and societal cognitive dissonance concerning the environment. Participants will actively engage in projects concerning environmental preservation, and will reflect about the experience throughout the process. The hope for this trip is to  explore different aspects of the environment and bring knowledge, awareness and experience back to campus. While being outside, and having fun this trip will add perspective on how to treat our local environment and the impacts service and awareness can make.