Alternative Breaks

Making an impact in Dallas

SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 7 communities during fall break 2014 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as poverty, hunger and homelessness. Learn more at Continue reading

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Serving young students in Taos

SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 10 cities during spring break 2014 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. Continue reading

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Alternative Breaks: New Orleans Style

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  Greetings, fellow friends! Although Spring Break is long gone, I wanted to take a second to share with y’all the … Continue reading

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Adventure on the Equator

An update from Dr. Tom Tunks, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the RC 3 Community: My wife, Jeanne, and I had an outstanding adventure last month in Quito, Ecuador; it foreshadowed the kinds of things we will enjoy doing with … Continue reading

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Forming friendships in service

During December 2013, students participating in Alternative Break traveled to Austin, Texas, to work with Blackland Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that supports residents who earn less than 60 percent of the media income in Austin. Continue reading

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More than 24,500 meals ready to go

During Fall Break in October 2013, students, faculty and staff visited five communities to perform service. They traveled to Hartshorne, Oklahoma, to do home repairs for homeowners; to Oklahoma City to work with the regional food bank; to San Antonio to engage in community development and youth education; and to Bridgeport, Texas, to work at a nonprofit animal sanctuary. A group also remained in Dallas to work at a women’s shelter. Continue reading

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Rebuilding homes in NOLA

The Dedman College Center for Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) is participating in the Alternative Breaks trip to New Orleans in December. Participants in the trip, which is co-sponsored by ACE and the office of Community Engagement and Leadership, are working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. Continue reading

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Breaking for history

Celebrating its 25th year at SMU, Alternative Breaks is taking more than 90 students to nine sites during spring break 2012 to perform community service: Atlanta; Boston; Crawfordville, Florida; Denver; Los Angeles; New York; Taos, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; and Quito, Ecuador. Continue reading

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Working with Habitat for Humanity

As part of the SMU Alternative Break Program, students are traveling during winter break to communities to engage in service and experiential learning. Students are serving with Habitat for Humanity in Little Rock, Arkansas; and in New Orleans, they are doing recovery work. Continue reading

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Rebuilding in New Orleans

Eleven students and staff are traveling to New Orleans in December as part of Alternative Winter Break 2010. They will volunteer with the nonprofit organization Phoenix of New Orleans, helping rebuild houses and community sites while exploring recovery efforts five years after Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading

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