Gender Issues

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Women’s Center teamed up to establish an Alternative Spring Break trip to Guatemala focusing on gender issues in the context of Guatemala. This 14-person team will explore traditional understandings of masculinity, femininity, and non-binary gendered identities, the role of gender in contemporary society, and how exactly gender influences the daily lives of Guatemalans, often evidenced most clearly through structured systems which perpetuate situations of poverty, violence, and restrictive definitions of how people experience life. These issues will be closely examined within the Guatemalan context, but we’ll also be considering the manner in which these same themes manifest themselves in the USA. Significant emphasis will be placed on the learning aspect of educating ourselves in the historical, cultural, and political dynamics of gender issues and bringing that new found knowledge back to share with others to help elicit change. We will explore include intersectionality with a critical focus on systems as a key concept.

Comments from past participants of this trip:

“Out of my four years at NC State if not my whole life, the Guatemala trip made the single biggest impression on me.”

“This trip to Guatemala forced me to really explore my own beliefs, understandings, and thought processes. “

“This trip was an unforgettable, unimaginable, breath-taking experience. I witnessed things that I thought I would never ever see. Although it was hurtful to witness those things, it was very much necessary.their story needs to be known. I would recommend this trip to everyone considering ASB because it will change your life just like it did mine.”

Important Information:

  • Trip dates: March 7-14, 2020
  • Location: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Approximate cost: $1,900 – $2,100
  • Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals
  • Photos from previous trips