Alternative Spring Break
Exploring Citizenship: An Alternative Spring Break Experience
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 liberation and emancipation that ran through the fabric of the Civil Rights Movement;
- 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 of the Civil Rights Movement through a process that links past struggles to present and future understanding and engagement;
- To challenge the dominant narratives we have learned about the Civil Rights Movement through experiential learning that will allow us to see the complex, dynamic, and intersectional dynamics of the movement;
- To identify how we can respond to experiences of intolerance in our local communities as well as nationally and as global citizens.
2015 ASB Trip: Journey to the Civil Rights South
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.
In Spring 2015, our theme will be emancipation and focus on the Civil Rights Movement. Participants will attend on-campus lectures and group meetings prior to traveling to the South over spring break. These meetings will include guest faculty lectures, campus speakers and team building exercises. Students will be expected to read assigned material in preparation for these meetings and the trip. Participating students will also be required to work with a local community organization in Los Angeles over the course of the semester. During the week of spring break, we will travel to Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham and Memphis to engage with critical landmarks and people significant to the civil rights movement. After the spring break trip, participants will continue to meet to prepare individual and a final group reflection projects.
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