Want to spend your Fall or Spring break doing something worthwhile?

Want to spend your Fall or Spring break doing something worthwhile?

Join the Center for Intercultural & Civic Engagement's Alternative Break program.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Break ("Alt. Break" for short) is a unique service and social justice immersion program hosted by the Office of Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement during the fall and spring breaks.  Thematically based, Alt. Breaks provide students an opportunity to engage with a particular area of social justice and service on a deeper level than one-time lectures or community service events allow for.  During fall break, learn about what social justice issues are especially relevant in Tacoma and how they fit into broader nation-wide or global issues.  Spring break offers students the opportunity to build relationships, cultivate awareness of social justice and engage in reflection and solidarity with those we partner with for the break experience. 

This year's Alternative Spring Break will revisit a theme from three years ago:  "Indigenous Justice: Ongoing impacts of Colonialism on Indigenous Communities."  We will return to spend time and build relationships with members of the Makah Nation in Neah Bay, WA, as well as connecting with members of some of the tribes and nations who have made their home along the Salish Sea for generations.  How does the living history of colonialism play out today?  How are we part of this story and what does that mean for our shared lives together?

Previous alternative break themes have included: The City of Destiny, but for Whom?, Gentrification in the 253, Civil Rights Then and Now (in Washington DC), A Survey of Injustice in American Education, Sustainable Food Justice, Justice and Service in Tacoma, Immigration and Citizenship, and Service in Seattle:  Engaging Poverty, Mass Incarceration, and Indigenous Justice. Click here to see a video of students talking about their experiences a previous Alternative Fall Break.

To apply for this year's Alternative Fall Break, click here.