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Alternative Winter Breaks

Creating Safe & Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students: Campus Pride

Charlotte, NC

From January 9-15, alternative breakers will partner with Campus Pride in Charlotte, NC to learn about the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals on college campuses. Campus Pride serves LGBTQ+ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ+friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ+ and ally student leaders. Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, bigotry and hate.

Partnering with Campus Pride to meet their organizational goals, students on this alternative break will engage in service to promote inclusion on college campuses through assisting with administrative tasks in the office, promoting Campus Pride resources and programs, and engaging in advocacy work for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Content Warning: This Break and its education, orientation, and training may include discussions of or contact with homophobia, transphobia, and/or other prejudiced acts or attitudes against the LGBTQ+ community. 

The Relationship between William & Mary and African Americans: Lemon Project

Williamsburg, VA

From January 22-24, 2022, alternative breakers will partner with the Lemon Project in Williamsburg, VA to learn more about the history of racism and education at William & Mary. The Lemon Project is a dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by William & Mary, both through action and inaction. This program contributes to and encourages education regarding the 300-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and builds bridges between the university and the greater Williamsburg area.

Participants will learn about specific topics and engage in service related to this year’s symposium theme (TBD). Participants may also visit James Monroe’s Highland to engage in conversations around plantations and reconciling their slave-holding past with the Council of Descendant Advisors.

Housing will be provided by the Wesley Campus Ministry at William & Mary. There will be sofas and sleeping bags available to sleep on, and participants will be provided with a full kitchen and three bathrooms with showers. There will also be a place provided to store valuables.

Content Warning: This Break and its education, orientation, and training may include discussions of or contact with sexual violence, domestic violence, abuse, and/or related prejudices or experiences.

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: Avalon Center

Williamsburg, VA

From January 17-21, 2022, alternative breakers will partner with Avalon Center in Williamsburg, VA to learn about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Avalon Center works to end domestic and sexual violence by breaking the cycle of abuse through prevention, education, shelter and support services in the Williamsburg and Middle Peninsula communities.

Participants will learn how to be trauma-informed members of society and assist Avalon in their goal to promote healthy relationships and to end domestic and sexual violence. Service will include clearing out a shed of donations sent to the Center.

Content Warning: This Break and its education, orientation, and training may include discussions of or contact with racism (including racial slurs and/or racially-motivated violence) and/or other forms of prejudices or violence.