Alternative Break Information Session - Free Food

Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:30 PM
Johnson Center, A

Alternative Break Information Session - Free Food

Join us to learn more about the Alternative Break Experiences happening this year March 12-19th and May 22-31st through Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL)

Mason’s Alternative Break (AB) programs are collaboratively designed by students, community organizations and staff to address social issues through education and community service.  Alternative Break teams face challenging issues such as discrimination, inadequate housing, hunger, and poverty.  Students emerge from these experiences transformed with new ideas, perspective, and experiences that inspire active and engaged citizenship. Students work in partnership with host organizations on community-driven goals, focused on a particular social justice topic.

Through exploration and immersion into the social issue long before the trip starts, students are able to interrogate the root causes of social issues in a way that allows them to engage compassionately and think critically. Upon their return, students are encouraged to engage in their own communities through informed, meaningful action.

We are planning to host most of these trips in person but will be watching the COVID numbers and guidelines closely! 

We will be spending the Fall semester planning for these trips and adjusting to the needs of our community partners around these following topics: 

Spring 2022 March 12-19th 

The Changing Landscape: An Exploration on Gentrification and Immigration Policy 

The Color of Justice: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, NJ

Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida

Unlocking the Dream: Food Justice and Community Activism in Atlanta, GA

Summer 2022 (Tentatively May 22-31st) 

Indigenous Culture, Education, and Equity: Guatemala

It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV and AIDS: Washington, DC and Amsterdam (Hybrid Option)

Please feel free to contact Patty Mathison, SAIL Director at pmathiso@gmu.edu with any questions or concerns. Participant applications will be due November 1st for Spring and December 15th for Summer. We hope you will consider joining us for what we hope will be powerful and impactful experiences. 

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