ASB Virtual Conference: Challenges of Community Organizing ASB Virtual Conference: Challenges of Community Organizing

A Conference on the Challenges of Community Organizing

Hosted by Stanford Alternative Breaks

Welcome! 

Stanford Alternative Breaks is proud to present our very first virtual conference! This year, we're hosting a 1-day conference centered around the Challenges of Community Organizing. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued fight against anti-Black racism and systemic oppression, we have seen how this global health crisis has exacerbated existing inequities in our world.

Community organizing is vital to supporting marginalized groups, especially Black and Indigenous folks, at this time. Through this conference, we hope to explore what community organizing looks like in a physically and socially distanced world. How have organizers adapted in order to meet the needs of their communities? How can we put community care into practice? How has the pandemic affected different communities at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation? We hope to share knowledge and hold space with organizers and advocates from the Stanford community, the Bay Area community, and beyond.

The Stanford Alternative Breaks Program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through community visits, experiential learning, direct service, group discussion, readings, and reflection activities. The program's vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our local, national, and global communities. Learn more about Stanford Alternative Breaks at asb.stanford.edu.

Due to COVID-19 and University mandated travel restrictions, we've pivoted from our usual in-person service-learning trips over spring break to a 1-day virtual conference on March 22nd, 2021, uniting all ASB courses and allowing students and the public to engage with the social issues that were part of this years ASB cohort.

The 5 courses that were taught by our student leaders were on the following topics:

As a disclaimer, these are the topics that are most present because of our courses from this year, but we would like to acknowledge that there are many more social justice issues than the 5 that are explicitly mentioned in this conference. We hope to discuss the intersectionality of the topics in our conference with other social justice issues. 

Land Acknowledgement

We, as Stanford Alternative Breaks, would like to acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Muwekma Ohlone peoples on which we would be learning and residing if these classes and this conference were happening in-person. 

We believe it is important to acknowledge systems of oppression and settler colonialism that continue to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands. We encourage you all to acknowledge the land you reside on. We also encourage you to self-educate and find resources where you can donate to Indigenous land trusts, such as Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.

History

The first alternative break trip occurred during spring break in 1987. This first trip was led by staff members of what was then called the Public Service Center (later renamed the Haas Center for Public Service). The spring break program grew and eventually became a student-run registered organization at Stanford – Alternative Spring Break (ASB). In 1996 a winter quarter course was added to the program to complement the trip and to enhance the student learning experience. The ASB program has thrived on campus growing to offer as many as 18 courses and trips each year.

Based on the success and growing interest in ASB, in 2008 the Impact Abroad program was launched to provide similar opportunities on a global level during the summer quarter. In 2012, as part of ASB’s 25th anniversary celebration, the ThanksGiving Back program was launched to offer opportunities during the Thanksgiving week break.


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Location

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Schedule

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Monday, March 22, 2021

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Opening Keynote: Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta Foundation, President and Founder
Therese Santiago (she/her)
Therese Santiago (she/her)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Publicity Coordinator

Join us to hear from our opening keynote speaker, Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation! There will be a 20 minute Q+A at the end of the session, moderated by Therese Santiago.

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Help Desk
Alyssa Romanos (she/her)
Alyssa Romanos (she/her)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Executive Director
Julian Aguilar (he/him)
Julian Aguilar (he/him)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Events Coordinator
Allen Huang (he/him)
Allen Huang (he/him)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Curriculum + Resources Coordinator
Kim Ngo
Kim Ngo
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Financial Officer
Therese Santiago (she/her)
Therese Santiago (she/her)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Publicity Coordinator

Need questions or assistance? Come speak with the Stanford Alternative Breaks team at the Help Desk at any point throughout the conference! You can also contact [email protected]!

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Narika: Cultural Responsiveness in Domestic Violence
Bindu Oommen Fernandes (she/her)
Bindu Oommen Fernandes (she/her)
Narika, Executive Director

This workshop explores the shadow pandemic of domestic violence as it overlaps with our cultural identities and backgrounds, how service providers have to focus on cultural responsiveness as it relates to additional complexities faced by Asian American survivors of domestic violence, intersectionality with other forms of oppression.

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Overcoming the Odds in the Mississippi Delta
Anja Thiessen
Anja Thiessen
Spring Initiative, Co-Founder/Leadership Team
Bianca Zaharescu (she/her)
Bianca Zaharescu (she/her)
Spring Initiative, Co-Founder/Leadership Team

The panelists will discuss their experiences with Spring Initiative, followed by a moderated Q&A. 

Spring Initiative works with the students who face the strongest academic, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Spring’s goal is to empower students to live out their full potential; break the cycle of poverty; lead happy, healthy, secure, and fully engaged lives; and give back to their community.  



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SouthAsians4BlackLives: Acknowledging Complicity while Building Coalition

In this workshop we will use a woc queer and feminist lens to confront the ways in which we can be complicit in other folks oppressions even while we build coalitions. We will discuss how and why collective liberation means abolition. Finally, we will look at how we can avoid using carceral approaches, such as calling the police, when we are confronted with racism.

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Potential Solutions for Rural Health
Phil Polakoff (he/him)
Phil Polakoff (he/him)
A Healthier WE, Founder/CEO

With Phil Polakoff from A Healthier WE, we will be taking a holistic look at the challenges facing rural health, discussing and brainstorming interdisciplinary or community-based approaches that could be successful.

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Stanford Student Organizer Panel
Mohammad Gumma (he/they)
Mohammad Gumma (he/they)
Stanford Black Student Union, Co-President
Adam Nayak (he/they)
Adam Nayak (he/they)
ASSU Co-Director of Community Responsibility

Want to learn more about Stanford student activism on and off-campus? Join us for a discussion with Stanford student organizers, who are working on issues from workers' rights, environmental and racial justice, police abolition, and departmentalization of African & African American Studies!

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PAWIS: Pilipinx Workers' Rights Panel
Felwina Opiso-Mondina (she/her)
Felwina Opiso-Mondina (she/her)
PAWIS, Executive Committee Member
Tess Brillante (she/her)
Tess Brillante (she/her)
PAWIS, Workers Outreach Coordinator

This workshop, led by PAWIS (Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants), features a presentation on the Philippine Labor Export Policy and its impacts on migrant workers living in the United States. After the presentation, workers will present testimonials based on their personal experiences within the context of the pandemic. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the workshop.

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Asian Prisoner Support Committee: Disrupting Migration to School to Prison to Deportation pipeline
PA
Peejay Ai (he/him)
Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Community Advocate
HN
Hien Nguyen (she/her)
Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Program Coordinator

Disrupting Migration to School to prison to deportation pipeline: Learn about advocacy and organizing freedom campaigns.

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BRWNGRLZ: DIY Earring Workshop with Gretchen Carvajal

>> Thank you for your interest! We've reached capacity for the DIY Earring Kits and we have closed the Google Form. Anyone who is interested in learning more about BRWNGRLZ and Pilipinx-American Identity is still encouraged to attend!<<

Instagram: @brwngrlz

https://www.brwngrlz.com/

Join Gretchen Carvajal, founder of earring company BRWNGRLZ, for a conversation about Pilipinx-American identity and how it has shaped her community-centered business. First 20 sign-ups who fill out the Google Form will receive a DIY BRWNGRLZ earring kit that we’ll play with during the workshop. Please sign up only if you can make this workshop time slot :-)

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Women in Our Workplaces: Let's talk about Gender Equity in Medicine, Tech, Law, and More!
Dr. Aysha Hasan
Dr. Aysha Hasan
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Division Chief of Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesiology/Pediatric Anesthesiologist/Assistant Professor
Mihikaa Naik (she/her)
Mihikaa Naik (she/her)
Curative, Sr. Data Analyst
Amy Larson
Amy Larson
Overseasoned, Founder
Fatima Hassan Ali
Fatima Hassan Ali
Jones Day, pro-bono lawyer for Refugee Services of Texas, Associate

Join us to interact with our panel of strong, working women from fields in medicine, technology, law, and more! Our panel will be speaking about their experiences and leadership in their workplaces and on their vision of advancing gender equity for the future. 

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Youth United for Community Action: The Fight for Housing and Environmental Justice in Stanford's Backyard

XJ in the Bay will be hosting speakers from Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) in East Palo Alto. We will be having a discussion about housing policy, racial + economic justice, inequities in education, and Stanford's relationship with the surrounding community and the greater Bay Area.

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Closing Speaker: A Moderated Discussion with Derecka Purnell
Derecka Purnell (she/her)
Derecka Purnell (she/her)
Human Rights lawyer, organizer, and writer
Alyssa Romanos (she/her)
Alyssa Romanos (she/her)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Executive Director
Julian Aguilar (he/him)
Julian Aguilar (he/him)
Stanford Alternative Breaks, Events Coordinator

Join us as we close out the conference with our closing keynote speaker, Derecka Purnell. We will be engaging in a discussion moderated by Julian Aguilar and Alyssa Romanos. There will be 15 minutes reserved for Q+A at the end of the discussion.