When Big Tech is Your Neighbor

Community Responses and Personal Reflection

 

San Francisco, CA

The Tech Boom has been branded as San Francisco’s biggest boom since the Gold Rush of the 1800s. The rise of the big tech industry has not only changed the face of the modern job market, it’s also radically changed the neighborhoods that these companies are located in. Silicon Valley is home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world including Facebook, Google, Apple, and Netflix. San Francisco has had to grapple with the constant growth and power of these companies as well as the influx of young, educated, and high-earning employees. This trip aims to understand how the big tech industry has changed the face of the city, how long-time residents and community members have reacted to these changes, and the role we as  college students will--or already have--played in this process.

 

Leaders

Trip Leader Olivia Foster

Trip Leader Olivia Foster

Olivia Foster '20

Olivia Foster is a senior earning a Civil Engineering degree with a certificate in Urban Studies. She is passionate about community development and the influence that the built environment has on the people living within it. She spends her time hanging out with her dog and working with the Princeton Vertical Farming Project.

Trip Leader Irma Qavolli

Trip Leader Irma Qavolli

Irma Qavolli '20

Irma Qavolli ‘20 is concentrating in Linguistics with a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication. Born in Kosovo and raised in New Jersey, Irma’s research interests include migration and socio-linguistics, with a passion for community building. Outside of academics, she enjoys watching food docs, storytelling and ignoring her Duolingo notifications.