Alternative Spring Break
Exploring Citizenship: An Alternative Spring Break Experience
Each Spring Break, a select number of students, faculty and staff participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience focusing on themes centered on democracy and citizenship. The Offices of Religious and Spiritual Life, Community Engagement, and Residential Education and Housing Services collaborate together to create a program that will allow participants to engage in an in-depth study of citizenship in the United States; and, how political, economic, cultural and social forces have both protected and compromised the rights of U.S. citizens.
Specific learning objectives of this Alternative Spring Break Experience include:
- To learn how to describe our identities by articulating our core values, beliefs and world views, particularly within the context of understanding the themes of each year's Alternative Spring Break Experience;
- To develop and demonstrate respect for difference (of identity, beliefs, and lifestyles), to build solidarity across these differences, and to engage work that forwards liberation for oppressed communities;
- To develop a deeper commitment to social and civic responsibility and cross cultural communication and social justice;
- To gain historical knowledge through a process that links past struggles to present and future understanding and engagement;
- To challenge the dominant narratives we have learned about through experiential learning that will allow us to see the complex, dynamic, and intersectional dynamics of different historical movements and experiences;
- To identify how we can respond to experiences of intolerance in our local communities as well as nationally and as global citizens.
Past Alternative Spring Break Experiences include:
- The Muslim Experience in Los Angeles
- Immigration in Los Angeles
- Journey to the Civil Rights South
Johnson Student Activities Center Room 135B
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