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ASB 2016-2017 - Bridging the Civil-Military Divide

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Bridging the Civil-Military Divide
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  • Trip Description:
    This Spring Break, students learn from and interact with the military-affiliated community, including enlisted servicemembers, officers, veterans, military family members, civilians serving in Congress and the Pentagon, and peers their age studying at the U.S. Naval Academy. The trip will build on the material covered in the Winter Quarter course to provide an opportunity for Stanford students of all backgrounds and affiliations to ask questions of military personnel, veterans, and families of veterans in an open environment, and to explore solutions on how to bridge the Civil-Military Divide and the issues facing veterans today. For the 2017 cohort, Kalvin Parker and Katy Brown will lead a trip to the Washington, DC area, planning to visit the White House, the Pentagon, Andrews Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Quantico, the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Anacostia, Walter Reed Hospital and the Arlington National Cemetery. The trip will conclude with 3 days and 2 nights at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Along with these activities, the Spring Break trip will focus on opportunities for discussion and community-building, as well as group and individual reflection.
  • Course Description:
    How does society conceive of a soldier, a sailor, an airman, or a marine? This Alternative Spring Break class, “Bridging the Civil-Military Divide,” is a service-learning program that focuses on building connections between the military and civilian communities and raising awareness of the issues that impact them. The course will introduce students to various topics and questions surrounding the military, and provide opportunities to interact with the military-affiliated community here at Stanford and beyond, while gaining insight into the political, social, and ethical questions and values of today’s military.

    The student-led one-unit course, held in Winter Quarter, includes panels of active duty and former military personnel, political scientists, and military family members; weekly articles and occasional documentaries for discussion, and books for further reading and research on the course topics. Over spring break, the class will travel to Washington D.C. to apply what they learned in the class in order to better understand military branches, institutions, families, veterans’ affairs, and the divide between the military and civilian populations.

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Why are you interested in this trip, and what do you think is the most important issue facing veterans and the larger military community today?

Trip Leaders
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
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