Current Trips

To apply to go on any of the trips below, visit our Apply to Go on a Trip page.

Spring 2017

Becoming American: Navigating Culture and Identity in Immigrant Enclaves

Location: New York City, NY

The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, but what exactly is the immigrant narrative? How are identities created and expressed in immigrant enclaves?

Recognizing that there is diversity in the narratives of immigrants in this country, we hope to begin answering these questions by exploring the culturally diverse neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. 

In approaching this topic we will analyze how immigrant identities are both formed within communities as well as simultaneously imposed upon them from the outside. We will be focusing on listening to stories and hearing the perspectives of immigrants themselves. Through listening to personal stories, we will expand our focus to examining how these individuals organize support structures within their communities.

By attending cultural events, visiting museums, and working with grassroots organizations, we hope to interact with a number of different cultural groups and collaborate with community partners to incorporate learning service into our trip. All the while, participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own identities and cultural narratives as well as the presence of diversity within the Princeton community.

As a whole we would like to trace the narrative journey of immigrants and the complexities of having roots in one place while living in another.

About the Leaders:

Stephen Chao '19 is a prospective Anthropology major from Austin, Texas. He enjoys examining the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of identity, especially through conversation. As the child of immigrants, he is looking forward to exploring more about different immigrant narratives in this upcoming Breakout trip!

Andie Ayala '19 is from the Philippines and a hopeful anthropology major. She enjoys hearing other people's stories, especially through videos, books, journalism, midnight conversations, meals, long runs or road trips!! She is especially interested in how to create environments of empathy. 

Transforming Tulsa: Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Social Change

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Since the age of Carnegie and Rockefeller, philanthropy has played a crucial role in addressing the problems facing the United States. This role has never been simple, ethically or operationally, but in a country whose local and state governments often lack the means or political will to adequately confront social ills, it is a crucial role nonetheless. American cities today face a long laundry list of issues: poverty, crime, poor public education, obesity, crumbling community spaces, racial inequality and segregation. How is philanthropy tackling these problems?
This Breakout trip will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, which ranks among the most philanthropic cities in the U.S. and whose social services are sustained by foundations’ contributions. We will spend the first few days looking at some of the problems that face Tulsa, including inadequate public education, community underdevelopment, and racial segregation. The rest of the week, we will work with local foundations and the non-profits they support in order to explore the solutions that philanthropy has provided to these problems and think critically about their implications.
Our trip will focus on the complexity of designing and implementing projects, the relationship between philanthropy and government, and the ethics of the foundation. What are the possibilities and limits of philanthropy as a tool for addressing social problems? Where might philanthropy be more effective than government? Where might government involvement be imperative? Where is there potential for partnership? For Princeton students interested in finding innovative solutions to social problems, it is important to recognize that behind each initiative are also concrete questions of “Who is going to pay for this?” “Who is going to do this?” and “How is this actually going to happen?” Students from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About the Leaders:

Breakout Leaders Sophia Alvarez '17 and Erin Lynch '17Sophia Alvarez '17 grew up in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Tulsa, OK. She is concentrating in Anthropology with a certificate in Teacher Preparation.

Erin Lynch '17 is from the United Kingdom and is concentrating in History with a certificate in Ethnographic Methods. Her Breakout journey began in the fall of my sophomore year when I participated in a trip to St Louis, MO focused on community organizing, and continued through that following summer, when I co-led a series of Breakout-style programs for high school students in San Fransisco, CA, sponsored by the Davis Projects for Peace. Fun fact -  she met her co-leader, Sophia, when we were studying abroad together in Cuba, and where they designed this program!

Institutional Approaches to Urban Drug Policy 

Location: Washington, DC

Every year, the United States loses over $190 billion in the battle against drug abuse. With ever increasing medical and judicial fees, the burden that drug addiction poses on both addicts and society has never been greater. It is further complicated by the conflicting goals of the different social and medical institutions that are tasked with combating it, and is impeded by the imposing stigma surrounding addiction. Throughout modern history, politicians and activists have attempted grapple with the magnitude of this problem, from Richard Nixon’s 1971 declaration of the “War on Drugs” to current debates on marijuana decriminalization. But the cycle of addiction and abuse is closely tied to the community, and the way in which social work organizations, medical institutions and the legal system collectively work to assist, or incriminate, drug addicts.

On this Breakout Trip, we will explore the issues surrounding addiction in Washington, D.C., a city plagued by one of the highest drug abuse rates in the nation, and which is still recovering from the crack epidemic that swept across the nation in the 80s and 90s. Yet simultaneously, as the nation’s capital, the city also serves as a hotspot for drug-related policy and political activism at the highest levels. We will attempt to understand the issue from both perspectives, discovering the factors working for and against drug addicts in their own community, and learning about the institutional problems that policymakers are constantly working on fixing. We will also shine a light onto the mechanics of addiction, looking at the interplay between biological and sociological factors, in the hope of gaining a more nuanced understanding of it as a medical problem.

About the Leaders:

Breakout Leaders Noah Beattie-Moss '19 and Devina Singh '19Noah Beattie-Moss '19 is intending on majoring in molecular biology, and is interested in public health and the social and ethical implications of biology and medicine. He is really excited to be co-leading a Breakout trip on a topic he's so passionate about! Outside of Breakout, he plays violin in the Princeton Sinfonia, is a tutor for Let’s Get Ready, a service project with the Student Volunteers Council, is a Community Action leader and is a member of the Rocky College Council!

Devina Singh '19 is in the molecular biology department and intends to pursue a certificate in global health. She is especially interested in examining the implication of drug policy laws and understanding how medicine plays into policy decisions. She is also involved in tutoring in the local prison system with the Petey-Greene program, being a Community Action leader, and eating the curly fries in the Mathey dining hall.

Opportunity Gap: Pipelines of Education for Students of Color

Location: TBD

Trip Description:

The Pace Center for Civic Engagement has teamed up with The Carl. A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding for its Breakout Princeton Campus Collaboration Trip slated for Spring 2017! This trip will focus on educational pipelines for students of color. Currently low-income, minority students in K-12 are disproportionately limited in receiving the same level of quality educational opportunities and resources than their middle to wealthy class white peers. These stark disparities critically cripples and disadvantages communities of color, hinders students’ access to support services and further makes the dream of higher education more and more elusive. We invite you to examine firsthand what educational disparities look like in our surrounding communities and gain a better understanding that access to quality education is undoubtedly a privilege.

Trip Leader applications are open now until Sunday, November 20th. Visit this link to apply! *Given our commitment to access, if you have led a Breakout trip in the past you are not eligible to apply.

The following trips only accept Freshman applicants:

Community Development: Urban Art

Location: Philadelphia, PA

This trip centers on understanding the power of art to build community, unite individuals, and offer transformative justice. Through dance, visual art, music, and theater this trip intends to explore the past and current impact of art on social issues facing today’s American society. Join us as we witness art being made, talk with activists that are using art as a tool for social justice, and serve with organizations that are teaching today’s youth the power and refuge of art. 

If you find yourself asking “Now What?” post this election cycle, join this trip to learn ways that you can get involved locally with justice work happening right outside the Princeton Bubble. This trip is led by freshman and will consist of all freshman as participants. Please consider applying!

Criminal Justice: Incarceration and Reform

Location: Trenton, NJ

This trip will focus on understanding the assumptions of made of incarcerated individuals and what reform efforts are happening at a local and national level. This trip will look at criminal justice through the lenses of policy, activism, and direct service. We will meet with local government officials to learn about current policy as well as reform efforts. We will serve with local non-profits to learn about their work in meeting immediate and long term needs of incarcerated individuals. To learn more about the specific issues raised by local activists, we plan to engage in dialogue and deep discussion. This trip will consist of only first-year leaders and participants.

We hope you will consider applying! We value diversity of thought and recognize that we all have much to learn about criminal justice in the United States. Therefore, we are looking for individuals that range from minimal to deep understanding of our issue.