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

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

Join the Office of Intercultural and Civic Engagement's Alternative Break program. Applications for this year's trips are live! Find the application page links below!

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 fall we are offering two alternative fall break opportunities.  The first, Gentrification in the 253 looks at interplay of privilege and property within the 253 area code.  We will explore the history of Tacoma's neighborhoods and the on-going impacts of gentrification as it impacts various communities differently.  What does this mean?  How should we understand gentrification vs urbanization? The second fall break, Tacoma:  Engage your Home is an annual break option introducing students to the range of what Tacoma has to offer. This includs a look at both the fun, entertaining ways to get plugged in off campus as well as an introduction to the ways various social justice issues play out in the city.  Click here to see a video of students talking about their experiences during last year's Alternative Fall Break.

Additionally, this spring break we will be taking a group of 10 students to Oahu, HI.  This Unlearning Paradise alternative break will engage with the construction of "paradise locations" in the American imagination and the contrasting realities of those whose homes have been colonized and who have faced cultural genocide.

Previous alternative break themes have included: 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.

Interested in participating in a service program but unable to commit to an Alternative Break program? Join us for the MLK Day of Service, each year on the day before Spring semester commences.  To sign yourself or your campus group up for this year's MLK Day of Service, please submit the online registration form found here.

Apply For One of the Fall Break Options!

Apply For Spring Break!