Faculty Opportunities in Alternative Spring Breaks
Thursday Aug 15
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alternative Spring Breaks can be powerful student learning experiences. These trips involve a group of students (usually 10-12 per trip) engaging in volunteer service for a week as an alternative to the "traditional" spring break trips. Each trip visits a particular community and has a focus on a particular social issue, such as poverty, housing, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues, perform service projects with local community organizations, and have the opportunity to develop relationships with folks from diverse backgrounds, communities, and cultures.
As Radford University seeks to expand its Alternative Spring Break program in support the civic engagement dimensions of the Scholar Citizen Initiative, a cadre of faculty is needed that is willing to serve as trip advisors and guide the program’s development. This Our Turn session will offer an overview of the basics of these programs, share structures/lessons from other universities, and discuss faculty roles and possibilities for RU.