Alternative Breaks

Scenes from SMU Alternative Break

SMU Alternative Breaks partners with its Community Engagement & Leadership Center, to take 70 students, and faculty and staff advisers, to seven locations in Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. They will spend four days working with nonprofit organizations that address issues including hunger, child abuse, homelessness, women’s rights and environmental restoration.

2015-10-13T11:54:58+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Alternative Breaks, Fall 2015|

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 magic of New Orleans. An item on my SMU bucket list has definitely been to attend an Alternative Breaks trip. I came into the experience expecting to do just service, but left the experience with a slew of inside jokes, friendly smiles, and a larger appreciation for the luxuries that I possess in my life. Our group was diverse, with an array of leadership positions, majors, and grades. I imagine the Commons system to be somewhat similar to this group [...]

2014-04-02T13:43:58+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

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 members of our residential community starting in the fall. Not that we will be going to Ecuador with the RC, but living with, and doing things with students completely outside a class setting is something we’re looking forward to. The adventure was an Alternative Break trip sponsored by SMU. A group of nine students and the two of us spent about a week in Quito working with the children of people who are vendors in the various markets around the [...]

2014-02-12T11:06:12+00:00 February 12th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

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.

2013-11-14T15:48:28+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Alternative Fall Breaks 2013|

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.

2012-12-18T17:36:32+00:00 December 15th, 2012|ACE and Alternative Breaks 2012 in NOLA|

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.

2012-03-14T14:53:32+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Alternative Spring Breaks 2012|
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