OxyConnects aims to introduce new students to the needs of surrounding communities through intentional partnerships with campus departments and local non-profits.
Social Justice and the City ($450)
OxyConnects is designed to introduce students to myriad social issues in Los Angeles communities and to a few of the many community organizations addressing these issues. The trip includes neighborhood excursions, community service projects and other fun activities through which students can become more familiar with Los Angeles in all its richness.
Los Angeles is a diverse cultural landscape. Over the course of the next four years, you'll learn just how involved Oxy's own faculty, staff, and students are in making our community a better place to live. Each summer OxyEngage partners with different campus partners including the Office of Community Engagement, the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to build a comprehensive social justice trip that focuses on a few key issues that are close to Oxy's heart, including transportation, food, and environmental justice.
Examples of past memorable trips include learning about and participating in the restoration of wetlands; sampling food and learning more about menu labeling as a tool to increase healthy eating at the Mercado la Paloma; repurposing old classroom furniture into raised beds at a middle school; understanding healthy food access barriers by helping to implement a survey in an inner-city grocery store; and testing a water assessment tool that is being used by health advocates to bring back drinking fountains at parks as a healthier alternative to sugar sweetened beverages. This trip promises to be a blend of fun, exploration and service!