So great? We created a blog, students reflected, photos were shared and a course assignment was completed. You understand the importance of reflection to alternative breaks. You understand that meeting students where they are and utilizing technology can be very powerful. My argument would be that these blogs can be powerful tools in helping a variety of constituents understand the importance of immersion based service-learning.
At William & Mary, our Office of Community Engagement’s mission is, in part, to support the development of our students as active citizens. We learned this term from the national alternative breaks organization Break Away, which defines an active citizen as someone who prioritizes community in their values and life choices, and works as a part of small groups toward positive community and social change.
The Voter Friendly Campus Designation program is a brand new opportunity and we want to answer some basic questions to help administrators decide if they should sign up. Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms due May 13, 2016.
There are certain topics that we all know should not be discussed at the dinner table in order to avoid awkward conversations with family. Politics is at the forefront of this list. However, this sensitive topic and others are ones that the University of Miami Alternative Breaks (UMAB) program encourages participants to critically dissect during their evening reflections. As we are in the heart of an election year, addressing political ideologies and expressions in an appropriate manner is something that our program anticipated would be brought up in the discussion at some point during the student trips. Not surprisingly, this was an issue that one of the UMAB programs had to navigate when faced with an unexpected challenge.