July 12 to July 19, 2020
Though Dallas is one of the wealthiest cities in America, the city leads the nation in inequity. The rise of segregation and racism in the mid-20th century led to minority communities in South Dallas receiving limited resources. This inequality is evident today as businesses in North Dallas boom while the poverty rate in South Dallas increases. In addition to this inequity, many communities in South Dallas are food deserts, lacking access to nutritious foods which correlates to high rates of life-threatening diseases in these communities. Many of these communities also lack access to necessary primary medical care. Bonton Farms and Agape Clinic, the two non-profits that SStS partners with, are working tirelessly to address these issues by providing both immediate care and long-term, systematic solutions.
While in Dallas, the SStS group will be working with Bonton Farms, a vibrant and sustainable farm in what was previously a food desert in South Dallas. Students will volunteer at Bonton’s local South Dallas farm location, and their extension farm, working alongside the farm employees there to maintain the garden and farm. Students will spend time at the Bonton Farms Market and with Bonton staff members in order to fully grasp the impact of the Farm on the surrounding community. Additionally, students will be spending time supporting the work of Agape Clinic, whose mission is to provide quality health care services to underserved people in Dallas. After a brief training, students will be assisting in running Agape’s weekly evening clinic for patients in need. Time with both partners will allow students to grasp both Dallas’s rich history and the inequalities the city faces today.
The Dallas course involves working with two different non-profits. To learn more about each, please visit their websites.
The group will volunteer with two non-profit organizations, Bonton Farms and Agape Clinic, to learn about how they support improved quality of life to marginalized communities in Dallas.
Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.
While in Dallas, the group will spend time exploring various cultural sites on foot. However, these activities only require short walks. The group will be driving to the project sites daily.
The group will be staying at a ranch that is only a 15 minute drive from Bonton and Agape.
Throughout their time in Dallas, the group will explore various neighborhoods in the city. The project work and various cultural experiences only require short drives.
Although the group will stay near the heart of South Dallas, they do not stay in the homes of individual families.
The group will spend their time exploring different neighborhoods in the Dallas metropolitan area, while staying at a more remote location on the ranch.