A couple of weeks ago – our office hosted our first LA 101 educational experience of the semester! This trip is always a highlight for APU students who enjoy learning more about our neighboring metropolis. Hear about how this trip went:
Imagine a city. In fact, imagine a sprawling metropolis; street lights, sirens, walls garnished with graffiti, monumental religious buildings and the busy ethos of urban life. A diverse array of foods, creative and progressive organizations, and stratified inequalities give Los Angeles its distinct character. These realities are a glimpse of what LA 101 explores.
This past weekend, 5 students joined us for 4-days to better understand life in this city. Staying in Koreatown, we spent our days examining food justice issues, the daily manifestation of the judicial system on LA’s streets, economic and housing inequality, and the role art plays in expressing and building cultural identity.
One of the unique aspects of this trip was the opportunity we were given to interact face-to-face with Lincoln High School students who built and are currently working on a community garden at their school. We met up with the Director of American Friends Service Committee, Anthony Marsh, who is currently teaching a class at Lincoln Heights on fostering community peace. Through examining the food disparity within their own community, the students’ garden serves as a practical response to what they are learning. We had the opportunity to join the students during the class on Thursday afternoon. After spending some time talking with Anthony and the students, we then tended the garden together. This small facet of the weekend provided us with a starting point to examine food equity in LA.Ministry and Service exists to educate and mobilize the APU undergraduate community toward an active response in service that advances the work of God in the world. Azusa Pacific University sponsors a plethora of local and global programs, which prepare students to become capable leaders of service in diverse settings. To stay connected with what is happening in the local community, “like us” on Facebook (Ministry and Service) or “follow us” on Twitter (@apumas). Every year, over 1250 students serve through City Links, over 500 students participate in on-going ministry, and Justice Week.