On this trip, we will examine how our current food systems reproduce systemic inequalities, and seek to understand a food justice movement that focuses on empowerment and self-sufficiency. By engaging with activists and organizations working towards food justice, we will learn about community-based strategies for growing, distributing and cooking food in ways that are healthy for workers, consumers, animals and the planet. We will draw ties between race, socioeconomic status and food, using a critical lens to tackle issues ranging from labor rights to health disparities to land sovereignty. We will also challenge ourselves to recognize and disrupt our own complicity in oppressive food systems. Our goal is to act in solidarity with the communities that are most affected by food injustice, people living in poverty and people of color, in order to become agents of positive change.
Uprooted from their households, lost without a home to return to, and often times struggling to survive in a world that works against them; these issues are only the beginning of what youth experiencing homelessness face. Youth homelessness exists in cities and communities around us, often times invisible to the naked eye. This trip will reveal the glaring issues outside the university bubble we find ourselves in, their relation to our position in society, and the implications it has upon us. We will explore both traditional and innovative approaches to solving the problem by visiting nonprofit organizations, engaging in direct and indirect service, and interacting with youth experiencing homelessness. Participants will develop a social justice lens that will magnify real world issues and spark initiative within each one of us.
In the trip Environmental Preservation, we will create an inclusive space where participants are able to engage in learning and consider the effects we have on our environment. Topics such as preservation, sustainability, political policies and justice will be explored in order to develop perspectives of how environmental systems and societal systems coincide. Our goal for this trip is to build personal confidence through inquiry and reflection and discover as a group the significance of connections and the changes they can provoke.
This trip will be rooted in analyzing how zero-tolerance policies, which criminalize school misconduct, have made inroads in school districts all across the country. We will analyze how these policies have led to the creation of the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a trend that disproportionately introduces at-risk youth to the criminal justice system. We will explore the role of schools and prisons in society and how they are connected and interrelated as forms of social control to increase our understanding of how prisons profit from the incarceration of poor people, people of color, and ever-increasing numbers of women. The school-to-prison pipeline will be interrogated from the axes of race, class, and gender. We will analyze various approaches that can dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and inform prison reform. We will share an open dialogue and produce creative work to synthesize our learning experiences and community growth in a supportive and accepting environment.
Dis/ability Studies and Ableism
This trip aims to create a dialog about the way dis/abilities are regarded and treated in our culture. We will examine different communities that work to provide educational resources, service, and representation for people who embody differing abilities. We will engage in service at these organizations, actively participate in educational programs, and learn how to act as allies in different social spheres.