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ASB 2017-2018 - Migration is Beautiful: Histories, Realities, and Policies of Immigrant Justice

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Trip Name: 
Migration is Beautiful: Histories, Realities, and Policies of Immigrant Justice
Trip Location: 
Washington D.C.
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This trip will travel by air.
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Trip Description: 

In the current political landscape, many political stakeholders have endorsed anti-immigrant policies using inflammatory rhetoric that has disturbed American attitudes toward immigration. This course challenges the underlying assumptions of this discourse. We will begin by analyzing the history of immigration policy and politics in the United States. We will discuss specific issues related to border control, detention, and law enforcement and then delve into the intersections of immigration, criminal justice, health, and education policies. Throughout, we will emphasize the importance of using empirical data and personal narratives when analyzing and participating in the contemporary discourse on immigration-related issues.


Our spring break trip will take us to Washington, D.C. to meet leaders from activist organizations, government agencies, and immigrant communities in an attempt to understand the many aspects of the immigrant experience. We will engage in conversation with policymakers about contemporary immigration reform and volunteer with organizations supporting immigrant communities. Our ultimate goal as students and learners on this service-learning trip is to gain a critical understanding of how coalition-building and sustained movements can ultimately affect the conversations surrounding immigration reform.

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How have your personal experiences uniquely shaped your perspective of the immigrant experience and immigration policy?
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Trip Leaders
My name is Marisol Zarate and I am a junior from San Bernardino, California. I am majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies. At Stanford, I am heavily involved in the Latinx community. I work at El Centro Chicano y Latino, and am also a member of MEChA de Stanford, Mariachi Cardenal, the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership and Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority. My freshman year, I participated in the Mobilizing Democracy: Campaigns, Elections and Voting ASB trip and it was completely life-changing. In fact, the ASB trip is what convinced me to major in Political Science! Leading this trip is particularly exciting for me because as a daughter of immigrants, I am passionate about immigration issues and its intersections with the justice system and welfare. I can’t wait to learn from one another through the course and trip! Contact information:
I am a junior from Winder, GA majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Care Policy. During my time at Stanford, I have been involved in student government as the ASSU Elections Commissioner and have volunteered as a research assistant at the Stanford Hospital Emergency Department. I’ve participated in two previous ASBs to Washington, D.C.--including last year's Migration is Beautiful trip--and they have been the highlight of my time here. Coming from an immigrant family, I am interested in the intersection of immigration and health care as it relates to policy and medicine. I look forward to returning to this trip and learn even more with this ASB! Contact information: