Trip Leader for the Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy
"I chose the SAIL Alternative Breaks experience because I wanted to learn more about food insecurity and community activism. I am passionate about volunteering, but I wanted to learn why disparities occur in communities with the greatest needs. During our Alternative Breaks experience, we partnered with food justice and civil rights organizations in Atlanta, GA to learn how the legacy of institutionalized racism impacts access to food and housing security.
This experience shaped the way that I think and broadened my perspectives on how social issues affect communities. Recognizing the root causes of these issues deepened my understanding of food inequality. I learned from this experience that we must work together to break down barriers of social constructs, to recognize the societal causes, and use our voices to activate our communities.
Fellow Patriots can get involved by learning about the disparities or barriers in their communities and finding ways to bring awareness and activism to the social issue they are passionate about. Alternative Breaks are a great way to learn with groups of students who have a shared passion for communities in need."
November 17, 2020