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Spring Break Sankofa experience heads to San Antonio March 17-27

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This year’s Sankofa service trip, titled “Remember the Alamo,” will take seven students to San Antonio, Texas, where they'll explore a part of American history to better understand current day situations, various cultural groups that live there, and society's responsibilities to those groups. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, led by director Viviana Kabbabe-Thompson, is sponsoring this service trip March 17-27. Students will visit the sites of the Alamo (photo), the Mexican-American War, San Jose missions, museums and the original borders of Mexico. They are team leader Marisol Martinez ’10, Samantha Suarez ’13, Tanvi Potdukhe ’12, Sidra Hamidi ’10, Brandye Jackson ’11, Alejandra Alarcon ’13 and Jillian Urbas ’10. Kabbabe-Thompson will accompany the students. The team will meet with city leaders and professors who will discuss historical issues and the current struggles that Mexican-Americans face. With the help of the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC), students will explore the interconnectedness between history and current government relations between Mexico and the United States. Students will also serve the Mexican/Latino population working with Projecta Azteca, a nonprofit organization that provides several services to the colonias, which are residential areas along the Texas-Mexico border that often lack basic living necessities, such as potable water and sewer systems, electricity and more. Before leaving on the trip, students researched various topics and will share what they’ve learned with other members during their drive to Texas. Some of the topics include the Alamo, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American War in 1848, Tex-Mex, history of Latino activists, the Chicano Movement, NAFTA and colonias. On March 8, Kabbabe-Thompson will present an exhibit about the College's Sankofa spring break trips at the national conference of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) in Chicago. North Central College is the only school program that has taken the Sankofa principle and applied it to various cultural groups.