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Alternative Break Spotlight: Jo-Vivian

Alternative Break Spotlight: Jo-Vivian

Meet Jo-Vivian: I believe knowledge is power. Especially during a time like now, it feels impossible to stand together as a community to continue being involved with social action and justice while we’re social distancing and quarantining. However, we can continue to be involved by reading and becoming more informed, discovering and researching groups with similar interests, and spreading knowledge. There are so many different outlets and organizations that are also trying to bring social justice into the community.

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Alternative Break Spotlight: Erin

Alternative Break Spotlight: Erin

Meet Erin! In her own words about her experience as a participant on the Atlanta Food Justice and Community Activism experience: “I chose the Food Justice and Community Activism alternative break experience because food justice is important to me. It affects every community in one way or another, but often slips under the radar because it isn’t always a visible problem. Through this experience, I learned about the different ways communities address food security inequities head-on while simultaneously overcoming historic roots of the issue. I also discovered ways to apply similar interventions to other communities. Getting involved with social action in any community might seem daunting at first, but the truth is it’s actually pretty simple.

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Alternative Break Spotlight: Amy

Alternative Break Spotlight: Amy

Meet Amy: Trip Leader for Art for Social Change. In her own words from her previous experience as trip leader, "When I first saw SAIL’s Alternative Breaks flyer, I was surprised by the range of social issues that these trips focus on. As I was looking through the options, one particularly caught my attention: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, New Jersey. As an Environmental and Sustainability Studies major with a concentration in Equity and Environmental Justice, this intersection between the environment and social justice was a perfect match for me."

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Alternative Break Spotlight: Blythe

Alternative Break Spotlight: Blythe

Meet Blythe: Trip Leader for the It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS. In her own words, "My trip deepened my understanding of health stigma and educated me of the impacts sexual education, harm reduction, and food insecurity on people who are HIV positive, or are at high-risk of becoming HIV positive. Learning about these risk factors helped me further realize of the importance of volunteerism and the impact of recognizing societal issues on a human-level of equality while also utilizing my privilege to help others."

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Alternative Break Spotlight: Lizbeth

Alternative Break Spotlight: Lizbeth

Meet Lizbeth: Lizbeth is our Trip Leader for The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy experience. In her own words of her previous Alternative Break experience, "This experience shaped the way that I think and broadened my perspectives on how social issues affect communities. Recognizing the root causes of these issues deepened my understanding of food inequality. I learned from this experience that we must work together to break down barriers of social constructs, to recognize the societal causes, and use our voices to activate our communities."

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Bonner Leader Spotlight: Isabella

Bonner Leader Spotlight: Isabella

Meet Isabella: Isabella is an energetic and enthusiastic first year student studying nursing. She is currently working with Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network (ACHN), a free clinic where she is able to translate and work with patients with medical concerns. Learn more about Isabella...

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Bonner Leader Spotlight: Zerena

Bonner Leader Spotlight: Zerena

Meet Zerena: Zerena joins us all the way from Honduras. She is a Pre-Nursing Major and plans to minor in Nonprofit Studies. As a Bonner Leader, she has been partnering with Britepaths as their Fundraising and Development Intern. Learn more about Zerena...

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