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2021 - 2022 ASB Courses

There are 5 2021-2022 ASB courses. This year, participants will be able enroll in a quarter-long service learning course during winter quarter in preparation for the ASB trip during Spring Break 2022. here.


  • Asian-American Issues

What does it mean to be Asian American? In the AAI Alternative Spring Break trip, we will look at the social, political, and economic aspects of the Asian American Identity. We want to understand the past struggles and how they currently and will affect us. In this trip, we will be studying Asian American history, LGBTQ rights, environmental justice, Asian American activism, and much more! This trip is designed for people of any background/experience in Asian American identity. Take a trip with us and explore these topics through different mediums and find what being Asian American is.


  • Pilipinx Issues, Makibaka: Dare to Struggle

In 1986, millions of Pilipinx people 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 trajectory of their nation. Students will leave this class with a complex understanding of both Pilipinx history and issues, as well as sustainable service. They will be able to take the skills they develop in this class to start conversations about relevant issues, get involved with movements for change here and abroad.


  • The Soul of the City: Music and Grassroots Organizing in Chicago

Chicago is a city that defies explanation and exceeds expectations. A city with deep roots filled with hip hop, house, soul, rhythm and blues, its communities have shown incredible resilience, standing tall against all odds, and continuing to play a pivotal role in shaping culture, music, and politics. In this course we will explore the relationship between music and activism in Chicago, and examine how these powerful forces to continue to work today, empowering its residents and teaching valuable lessons in the power of creative expression.


  • Just Corn and Cows? Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide

Do you want to engage with issues facing rural America? Step outside the bubble. Rural areas are home to 97% of the country’s landmass and 19% of its population, but many Americans aren't aware of the many struggles and successes among rural communities. For example, 40% of rural Americans are still left without effective broadband Internet access, unable to open the door to opportunities for development and implementation of technology. Through our one-unit Winter Quarter class and spring break trip, we will engage with issues that disproportionately affect rural communities including health care, internet access, and agriculture. We’ll look at patterns in the rural-urban divide across the US, with an emphasis on Mississippi and the South, through a historic, social, and economic lens. While being exposed to a diversity of perspectives is a vital goal of Stanford’s education, only about 4% of Stanford undergrads hail from rural areas. We aim to provide students with a learning experience they otherwise may not encounter. We hope it will be a unique opportunity for future policymakers, computer scientists, business owners, and other leaders to engage in constructive dialogue and brainstorm solutions for challenges in America’s future.


  • Immigrant & Refugee Health in the Bay Area

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 community leaders, Stanford alumni, 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. Since 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.