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2018 - 2019 ASB 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 American subjects as a homogeneous group—...
Illinois
Rural America occupies 97% of US land and contains 19% of the country’s population, but until the 2016 election, many Americans were unfamiliar with the struggles and successes of this sector of the country. While tempting to reduce it to an opioid-laden land of Trump supporters, rural America...
California
Our society shines light on public service -- the selfless giving of time, money, labor, or support to a cause has become a hallmark of good citizenship. Many consider it a duty of the privileged to ‘give back’ through philanthropy or volunteering efforts. What obligations do we and the...
Bay Area
Design thinking has experienced a recent increase in popularity at Stanford and on a global scale. 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...
Bay Area
How has housing policy played a role in the marginalization of various groups in the United States? How have tech companies played a role in the housing crisis in the Bay Area? What factors contribute to the current housing crisis in the Bay Area? What is the role of Stanford and Stanford students...
Washington, D.C.
How do religious and ethical values motivate people to participate in politics? What is the current relationship between religion and democratic engagement, and what should it be? What role do faith communities play in fostering social change? These are the questions that will be examined in “...
California
The Latinx population in the US has increased ninefold from 1960 (6.3 million) to 2015(56.5million). Projections predict that by the end of the century, the majority of Americans will trace their ancestry to Latin America. This has major implications for our society and its culture. By thinking...
California
Everyone has come across a fruit or vegetable at one point in their life. One thing people may not think about when they are eating produce is how it got into their hands, or if the people who picked it are being treated fairly. Most of those who are supplying our markets are migrant workers,...
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...
California
The year 1521 marked the beginning of colonization for the Philippines. To this day, remnants of Spanish and American influences are present in Philippine culture. However, Philippine history does not begin or end with colonization - long before the Spanish arrived, indigenous societies thrived,...
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 Eastern Band...
Bay Area
Innovators at the intersection of education and technology promise radical improvements in the way we engage, teach, and learn, and their products are surfacing in schools and homes around the nation. Silicon Valley, where these trends move quickly and influence the model for the rest of the nation...
Illinois
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.” “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” Chicago, throughout numerous media outlets, has been portrayed and presented as a dangerous city though the use of negative rhetoric. Chicago ranges in issues from gentrification to...