Thought you might enjoying knowing where the junior class trips are headed this year. Feel free to reach out to Chris if any of these topics resonate with work that your students are doing. I imagine there will be ways to connect our juniors with your students.
From: Chris Keimig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 1:54 PM
Subject: Announcement: Junior Class Trip topics and locations
To: Parents-class-of-2021 <parents-class-of-2021@lrei.
Cc: Phil Kassen <email@example.com>, Allison Isbell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Margaret Magee <email@example.com>, Manjula Nair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We are so pleased to be able to announce the next phase of the Junior Class Trip! After a process in which our students researched and advocated for a host of place-based research topics, the juniors have ultimately formed six small groups (10-12 students per group), each of which will study a different socio-political issue over the course of the year, culminating in a week-long place-based research trip in April (4/20-4/24).
Each group will travel to a location that has been proposed by students as a place where this topic is most relevant and immediate–places where (as founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson urges us to do in his speech on how to change the world that served as a framing text for our work together this year) we can:
- get proximate to these issues and the innovative work being done to address them
- examine multiple perspectives in order to challenge easy narratives and assumptions
- find reasons to remain hopeful by learning from those driving change in their own communities, and
- embrace discomfort as we push outside of our comfort zones and into the unfamiliar.
The topics and locations for this year’s trips are as follows:
Immigration & Border Policy: El Paso, Texas
Trip Leaders: Allison Isbell and Michel de Konkoly Thege
Criminal Justice & Mass Incarceration: Miami, Florida
Trip Leaders: Manjula Nair and Calvin Walds
Gun Control: Austin, Texas
Trip Leaders: Jonathan Segal and Hannah Miller
Climate Change, Water Pollution, & Animal Justice: Seattle, Washington
Trip Leaders: Pat Higgiston and Jess Prohias-Gardiner
Reproductive Rights & Sexual Assault: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Trip Leaders: Kara Luce and Shafeiq Baksh
Rural Communities: Opioids & the Decline of Coal: McDowell County, West Virginia
Trip Leaders: Ann Carroll and Chris Keimig
Please note that there will be a pre-trip informational meeting for all junior families the evening of Monday, April 13, at 40 Charlton St. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts.