San Francisco

ASB-San Francisco

Social Justice and Intersectionality in the GLBT Community

Are you looking for an ASB trip that challenges you to think critically about how identity and social justice are related?

Leadership and Civic Engagement and the GLBT Center have established an Alternative Service Break trip to San Francisco which gives students the opportunity to observe, process, and strategize about intersecting social justice issues (homelessness, inadequate mental and physical healthcare, interpersonal and community violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, food deserts, and targeted discrimination and harassment, among others).

As a member of a 14-person team, you will learn about how social justice issues impact multiple communities (for example, how homelessness impacts the GLBT community, communities of color, veterans, etc.) and what it’s like for individuals to navigate multiple marginalized identities (for example, what it means to be a young transgender woman of color). Many times these inequalities are caused by negative attitudes of individuals AND perpetuated by our society as a whole. The term we use for this is “systems of oppression” (racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, transphobia, etc) and these systems can pile on top of one another, affecting every individual and community differently.

This Alternative Service Break is an opportunity for you to provide support, not solve or fix the problems of a community or individual. You will be asked to critically reflect on the impact of these issues, both at a community level and at an individual level. This trip will also challenge you to analyze your own position within your community, school, classroom, and beyond as we work for intersectional social justice. Most of all, this trip is an opportunity to practice meeting people where they are as you actively engage in support, service, outreach, and education related to multiple social justice issues.

“During the ASB trip, I was confronted with many issues prevalent in San Francisco that I was largely unaware of. Even though confronting that reality was difficult and uncomfortable at times, it completely shifted my perspective. Without it, I would have never realized the importance of reaching out to local community partners and helping those within our own community. The trip itself only lasted a week, but I left with knowledge, memories, and relationships that will last a lifetime.” -Curtis K.

“A wonderful experience with some amazing people” -Katie W.

Important Information:

  • Trip dates: March 7-14, 2020
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Approximate cost: $1,100 – $1,300
  • Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals