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The ASB experience involves the following components:

  • For Core Participants:
    • Winter Quarter 1-unit course facilitated by the ASB leaders in consultation with a faculty sponsor
    • Spring Break trip experience
    • Spring Quarter reflections and reunions
  • For General Participants (max 2 per ASB):
    • Winter Quarter 1-unit course facilitated by the ASB leaders in consultation with a faculty sponsor
    • Spring Quarter reflections and reunions

Review the courses and trips highlighted below and consider applying to be part of this Stanford tradition! For additional program information, please see application form or visit the FAQ page

2017-2018 Alternative Spring Break Trips

California
What does it mean to be “Asian American”? Do “Asian” and “Asian American” mean the same thing? Is the term “Asian American” a paradox? These questions reveal that the term “Asian American,” while seemingly simple and all-encompassing, often casts Asian Americans as a homogeneous group—...
Bay Area, California
During the end-of-quarter trip, students will explore the different levels of housing inequality in the Bay Area as it relates to marginalized communities in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and right here in our Palo Alto community.We will be meeting with various changemakers as their work...
California
Many children in the United States experience some form of malnutrition - either not receiving enough calories, receiving too many calories, or experiencing a deficiency in vitamins and nutrients. Even though many individuals can describe more or less what a balanced, nutritious diet looks like,...
Bay Area, California
Design thinking has taken Stanford and the global innovation community by storm. Social innovators and educators in both the US and Japan are asking how design thinking can reach its potential to create positive impact. This spring break, we will use design thinking to examine social issues that...
Bay Area, California
Domestic work is part of everyone’s lives. At Stanford, campus workers sauté and boil and chop and scrub and mop for us. In various home lives, family members may cook and clean and care for us. Domestic work is the often unseen and frequently unvalued forms of labor that structure and make...
California
In the current political climate, environmental issues matter more than ever, and it’s up to us to make a difference, take a stance, design, and innovate for the future. However, as individuals, we may often struggle to make meaningful impact. This course will empower you to understand what makes a...
Washington D.C.
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...
North Carolina
In the Cherokee language, computers are sometimes called “anagalisgi unvtsida” meaning electric brain. As time and technologies quickly progress, Cherokee people have developed ways to bring their language into the modern era. However, only 400 (approx.)  fluent speakers are left in the...
Chicago, Illinois
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...
New Mexico
This trip and class aims to explore the pan-indigenous similarities and struggles of the people of New Mexico and Mexico, specifically Santa Clara Pueblo and Mixtec of Northern Oaxaca. Our course will give students a better idea of how immigrant and diasporic communities are mobilizing to better...
California
Disaggregate your knowledge of Asian-Americans and delve deeper into history and factors of today’s generation of VietAmericans. We will analyze Vietnamese folx outside of the context of war as well as acknowledge the war’s damaging effects and aftermath. Furthermore, we will shift our current...
California
Course DescriptionIn 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Metro Manila to call for the resignation of Ferdinand Marcos-- a dictator who had led the Philippines for the past 20 years. Through nonviolent protest, they succeeded in deposing Marcos from office and took control of the...