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Alternative Alternative Fall Breaks

Race & Reconciliation: Anti-Racist Education and Action

During the Fall semester (September 21 - October 23) alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another (and virtually with community partners, including the Lemon Project) to educate themselves and others about the societal impacts of systemic racism and the importance of anti-racist work.

During the weeks of September 21 and September 27, alternative break Site Leaders and remote participants will collaborate with each other and educational partners relating to this social justice issue to further their knowledge and reflect upon the impact of systemic racism within William & Mary and our broader society. This educational process will cultivate a deeper understanding of racial issues and will assist participants in later developing educational resources for others, developing campaigns for non-profit organizations, and other related experiences. Participants can expect to virtually meet with their groups at least twice a week. 

During the weeks of October 4 and October 11, participants will use their collective education and discussions to create a final project of their choosing that addresses racism and attempts to contribute to the dialogue around this social justice topic. This project can include hosting a seminar, fundraising, and/or leading an awareness-raising or advocacy campaign. 

During the week of October 17, participants will take part in reorientation to develop a deeper understanding of how they can utilize the knowledge gained from their alternative break experience to further positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home). Students will gain exposure to a variety of available resources which will allow them to continue to contribute to this social justice issue and make an impact in their own communities following the Fall semester.

Food Security & Health: Societal Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the Fall semester (September 21 - October 23), alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another (and virtually with community partners including Moveable Feast) to educate themselves and others about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and food security in many communities.

During the weeks of September 21 and September 27, alternative break Site Leaders and remote participants will collaborate with each other and educational partners relating to this social justice issue to further their knowledge and reflect upon the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members our society facing food insecurity, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on public health as a whole. Participants can expect to hear from community members related to various aspects of society impacted by the pandemic, potentially including front-line workers and members of service organizations. Participants can expect to virtually meet with their groups at least twice a week. 


During the weeks of October 4 and October 11, participants will use their collective education and discussions to create a final project of their choosing that addresses COVID-19’s impact on society and contributes to the social justice topic of health and food security. This project can include hosting a seminar, fundraising, and/or leading a campaign.

During the week of October 17, participants will take part in reorientation to develop a deeper understanding of how they can utilize the knowledge gained from their alternative break experience to further positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home). Students will gain exposure to a variety of available resources which will allow them to continue to contribute to this social justice issue and make an impact in their own communities following the Fall semester.