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TGB 2019 - Refugee and Immigrant Health in the Bay Area

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Refugee and Immigrant Health in the Bay Area
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This trip is intended to provide a broad overview of systemic injustices faced by immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area with a particular focus on healthcare. Through speaking with politicians, community leaders, Stanford alumnae, and local organizations, our group will gain insight into the issues faced by various refugee and immigrant groups. In addition, we will examine current solutions being implemented by politicians and local organizations to better understand how these solutions can be improved and furthered. Given the multifaceted nature of immigrant and refugee communities in the Bay Area, trip participants will visit various cities in this area including San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and Palo Alto. The greatest theme of this trip is to understand that healthcare issues faced by refugees and immigrants are multifaceted and intersectional. Given that the trip will only be a few days, the expectation is not that students will gain a complete understanding of the refugee and immigrant experience in the Bay Area. Rather, students are encouraged to think meaningfully about how immigrants and refugees are affected by the healthcare system, be it through systematic structures or implicit acts of discrimination. Together, our group will explore these issues and think critically about how we can make changes as individual students.
Trip Leaders
Ashley Phord-Toy (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from Vancouver, Canada who is interested in issues of immigration and displacement. In particular, she is interested in how refugee and immigrant groups are disproportionately disadvantaged by global healthcare systems. Having done this same TGB trip her freshman year, Ashley feels that there is much work to be done to address healthcare inequalities in the Bay Area. Through this trip, she hopes to break out of the “Stanford Bubble” and learn about vulnerable communities around Stanford. When Ashley is not pursuing academic interests, she can often be found competing for Stanford Mock Trial and the Stanford Debate Society. Contact Ashley at
Hannah Walton (she/her/hers) is a sophomore from Singapore, currently interested in Human Biology and English. Her interest in healthcare and medicine originated from a desire to help people using science. Hannah is a member of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and is also involved with Stanford Women in Medicine. She aspires to work in a health-related field, helping people of all backgrounds. She is very excited to explore the Bay Area with other Stanford students while learning more about refugee and immigrant health! You can reach Hannah with any questions at