Peace Works Travel Blog

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Teaching Resource: LGBTQIA+ Community Vocabulary

Identity and words are intrinsically connected in all cultures. Vocabulary is essential to an accurate understanding of issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community. Through words, we can educate, support and amplify the many voices of the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ stands for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual community. The plus sign is included to ensure people that don't… [Read Full Article]
Thursday, May 23th, 2019

A Reflection on Educational Privilege

A Reflection on Educational Privilege I have attended private schools my entire life; from the second I stepped on campus to Mayfield Junior School as a kindergartener to now a Junior at Westridge, the worry of not have a school to attend has never crossed my mind. I wish I could say I understood the immense privilege of receiving a… [Read Full Article]
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Program Highlight: Urban Studies - Chicago, IL

“True peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King In January of 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved with his wife Coretta and their four children to a third floor apartment at 1550 South Hamlin in the North Lawndale community of Chicago. From North Lawndale, King launched what he called the “action phase”… [Read Full Article]
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Packer Collegiate Institute: Digital Storytelling - Cambodia 2019

Day One - Finally! We have arrived! We started off our day pretty early at 7:00 AM with a nice breakfast of cassava bread and instant ramen. We then had a fairly short introductory lesson in Khmer where we learned how to say hello, goodbye, how are you, I’m fine and thank you. After the Khmer lesson, we got into… [Read Full Article]
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges on the 2019 Westridge Border Trip

Westridge students write messages of hope and peace in chalk on the border wall. Abby Y. '20 On February 17th, the front page of the New York Times featured an article about Central American migrants’ current status at the border; the previous evening, eight other Westridge students and I gathered around a dinner table in Tijuana to listen to a member of… [Read Full Article]