Alternative Break Trips

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Applications for our 2023 Alternative Break program are now closed. Please check back, follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or join our email list for updates on our initiatives, including programs that give you the opportunity to travel, meet new people, learn more about social justice and immerse yourself in issues that are important to you. 





March 5 - 9, 2023 - Washington, D.C.
March 6 - 11, 2023 - New York City

2023 Sites and Social Issues:

How I Met Big Brother: An Exploration of American Historical Censorship
Washington, D.C.
March 5 - 9, 2023
$250 (includes all lodging, meals, and transportation)

Participants will travel to Washington, D.C., to learn about the American censorship of cultural and historical education through a critical lens. Participants will visit historical monuments such as the National Gallery and explore famous D.C. museums to experience censorship throughout American history and media. We will examine how our cultural and historical education has been curated, and how museums can be used to aid the spread of propaganda. Participants will visit the headquarters of Free the Facts, a nonpartisan organization that educates Americans about governmental issues that are often unreported. Through educational experiences and intentional reflection, the trip will challenge participants to rethink how history is told.

Queer Resistance: Finding Joy as a Form of Liberation 

New York City
March 6 - 11, 2023
$250 (includes all lodging, meals, and transportation)

What is joy and how do you find it? Students will travel to New York City where they will explore the definition of joy and what it means for the queer community. We’ll journey through the Gay Rights Movement, from its beginnings at the Stonewall Inn to vibrant queer-friendly neighborhoods in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen, unpacking the queer community’s history of overcoming hatred. Participants will have the opportunity to view the LGBTQIA+ landscape of NYC through a lens of empowerment, focusing on queer representation in media and pop culture, inclusive sex education access to healthcare for aging queer folk, and more. Through direct service, immersive experiences, and intentional reflection, this trip will challenge participants to think critically about the queer pursuit of happiness in the United States.

How to Apply:

Applications for our AB 2023 programs are now closed. Please follow us Instagram or Facebook or join our email list to learn more about upcoming opportunities.  


The costs of each Alternative Break program are noted above. All payments are non-refundable. The program fee covers transportation, including airfare, housing, on-site meals and accommodations. Students are responsible for baggage fees and meals during travel time (at the airport or during a van ride). Financial aid is available on a case-by-case basis; please email Stephanie Visser at for more information.  

Faculty/Staff Learning Partners

While our Alternative Break experiences are entirely student-driven, planned, and facilitated, each of our trips also requires the presence of a faculty/staff Learning Partner. Our Learning Partners are full participants in each of our Alternative Break experiences. This is a great opportunity for faculty/staff members interested in building meaningful, mentoring relationships with students through service. 

Two specialized information sessions more faculty/staff members will be held in Lightsey Suite 203 (Center for Civic Engagement). For more information about spring break or other Alternative Break experiences, please send us an email.

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