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ASB 2017-2018 - Seeds of Activism: Grassroots Movements in Chicago

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Seeds of Activism: Grassroots Movements in Chicago
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Chicago, Illinois
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This trip will travel by air.
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Course Description

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

Chicago serves as a microcosm to grassroots movements occurring on a national level. The issues that affect Chicago range from gun violence to gentrification. As a city with diverse groups, Chicago has seen numerous social movements across various communities. To fight the rhetoric used against Chicago, specifically against its communities of color, we want to expose students to some of the grassroots movements and local stakeholders of these issues. We will case-study movements carried out by Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Black communities. The course will challenge students to think about Chicago’s issues in-depthfrom multifaceted perspectives that will allow us to successfully engage with the communities we meet.


Trip Description

The focus of this trip will be on activism involving Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Black communities. We’ll meet with community stakeholders to understand how they are affected by and how they address important issues such as structural violence and discrimination. We will visit and learn about the history of prominent activist organizations and cultural centers. In addition, we will explore the diverse neighborhoods in the city, visit museums, and sample some of the city’s classic Chicago-style cuisine. We hope that with this trip, students can better understand the active role that communities play in challenging power structures and being active changemakers. We will strive to provide a self-reflective learning experience that will contribute to both the academic and professional careers that students pursue.

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What do you hope to learn from engaging with local stakeholders in Chicago?
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Trip Leaders
Guillermo was born and raised in Chicago’s West-Side neighborhood, La Villita. He is part of the class of 2020 and is a prospective major in Management Science and Engineering. He is involved in FLIP, Barrio Assistance, Los Hermanos de Stanford, and currently works at the Admissions Office. He is passionate about social justice, STEM, Chicago, deep-dish pizza, tacos and food in general. As a hobby, he likes to go to the gym, watch Netflix, read, or randomly google things. He is excited to lead an ASB in his hometown and meet other wonderful students interested in engaging in movements in Chicago. If you have any questions about this trip or the application process feel free to reach out via email at
Welcome! Alex is class of 2020 and a prospective Human Biology major interested in studying neuroscience and the health disparities in underserved communities. Born in the diverse city of Long Beach, CA, Alex is of Guatemalan and Mexican origin. At Stanford, he is currently involved in FLIP, Latino Fellowship (LaFe), the Phoenix Scholars, and as a TA for a course on addiction. With a strong background in community building, he is hyped to meet the incoming class and build a strong community within this ASB. He aspires to make this trip a fun and meaningful adventure of a lifetime. Please feel free to reach out with questions at