Alternative Break Spring Applications Due November 1st

Monday, November 1, 2021 11:59 PM
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Alternative Break Spring Applications Due November 1st
Alternative Breaks 2022 - Apply Today!

Apply Today! 

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.

As we continue to adjust to new rules, protocols and considerations in this COVID-19 era, we have reworked and reconsidered our Alternative Break Experiences held through SAIL. We are currently planning to host these trips in person with a virtual option for at least one of our experiences. However as the future of this pandemic is uncertain and ever changing, this is subject to change. 

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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