Trip Descriptions (Spring Break 2017)
Despite modern advancements in technology and America’s relative wealth, nutritional and food inequity permeates American society. On this trip, we will examine the systematic injustices that occur in order for food insecurity to exist. We will explore the historical processes that have led to the absence of fresh foods in communities, and we will situate this historical legacy to understand the present and predict the future. We will explore the lasting presence of food deserts in rural communities. Lastly, this trip will identify and analyze current local, state and national initiatives that are underway to address the lack of healthy food in communities across the United States. We will focus on community-driven strategies to overcome food insecurity, and we will eventually learn techniques to effect change in a collaborative and sustainable way.
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.
Where does our food come from? What is the story behind each item at the supermarket, and the items that aren’t at the supermarket? And how do our buying habits impact our environment and our fellow Americans? These are the issues we will focus on in analyzing our food system. We will explore means of food production, speaking with producers at farms and managers at processing plants. We will explore how much of food is produced locally, where the rest of the food at supermarkets comes from, and the social forces driving the local, organic food movement. We will investigate how food retailers and producers, as well as legislators, affect the supply-chain of food, and the effects of these regulations on public health and the environment. Lastly, we will analyze the impact of consumer’s buying habits on our environment. After exploring the story of our food, we will investigate solutions - present and future - to unsustainable food production, inequitable food distribution, and food waste.
When looking up the word domestic violence online it gives the definition of “violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner”, but domestic violence is so much more than just that and on this trip we aim to figure that out. On this trip we will create a dialogue about domestic violence and form an understanding of it as well as trying to find ways to inform others of domestic violence. We will also learn how we can support and help those who are victims of domestic violence. We will analyze various approaches in becoming allies to those who need us. We aim to create experiences that we can learn from and bring back to our communities that can lead to creating a supportive and accepting environment for all.
This trip will focus on demystifying and complicating immigrant narratives. We hope to achieve this by engaging with an array of organizations that work to provide services and resources to immigrants. However, beyond that, we will also work with immigrant led activist organizations and individuals that strive to protect immigrant rights. We hope to foster a safe environment where participants and community members can share their experiences as they relate to immigration. These stories are critical in fostering a greater understanding of how the different intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class interact to produce different narratives. Our goal is for participants to reflect on the struggles faced by immigrants while also recognizing the long and continued history of activism amongst immigrant communities.