As a part of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, Alternative Breaks (AB) coordinates substance-free, community service-learning trips during the university’s winter, spring, and summer breaks. AB participants travel locally, nationally, and internationally in teams to engage in active service and gain new perspectives on social issues while meeting community needs and learning about and building upon community assets.


Students address social issues that include disaster relief, environmental restoration, HIV/AIDS, education, homelessness, healthcare, poverty, and immigration. AB’s main goal is to educate participants about the root causes of these issues, while also making an immediate difference in the trips’ respective communities.


This year, our team traveled to Philadelphia during spring break to learn about issues surrounding urban education.