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Alternative Winter Breaks

Note that all Alternative Alternative Breaks are fully remote and will take place over the course of three days during the week of January 18, 2021.

Creating Safe & Inclusive Spaces: LGBTQ+ Experiences on College Campuses

Alternative breakers will partner virtually with Campus Pride to better understand the diverse experiences of members of the LGBTQ+ community on college campuses. Participants can expect to learn more about the various challenges this community faces through numerous intersectional perspectives.

Participants will be introduced to their teams through a Welcome Meeting in November. During two “EOT” (Education, Orientation & Training) meetings in December and January, participants will become educated on pertinent social justice issues experienced by the LGBTQ+ community. The first day of the virtual program in January will be spent orienting alternative breakers to the specific issues that they will be addressing with Campus Pride through virtual service over the following two days.

Campus Pride is an organization that seeks to create campuses and societies that are free from bigotry and hate through providing education and resources to LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Through participating in this Branch Out program, participants will contribute to Campus Pride's invaluable work of striving to make colleges more diversely inclusive.

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

Alternative breakers will collaborate with the Lemon Project on William & Mary’s campus to learn about the history of racism and education at the university. The Lemon Project is a dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by William & Mary, both through action and inaction. This program enhances education regarding the historical and ongoing relationship between African Americans and the College, and aims to build bridges between the university and the greater Williamsburg area.

Participants will be introduced to their teams through a Welcome Meeting in November. During two “EOT” (Education, Orientation, & Training) meetings in December and January, participants will participate in issue-specific education with their team and learn more about the service they will be participating in with Lemon Project. The first day of the virtual program in January will be spent orienting alternative breakers to the specific issues that they will be addressing with Lemon Project through virtual service over the following two days.

The Intersectionality of Immigration: William & Mary Law’s Immigration Clinic

Alternative breakers will collaborate with organizations such as the Immigration Clinic at William & Mary Law School to learn about the challenges faced by immigrants in Williamsburg and beyond. The Immigration Clinic works to assist noncitizens in navigating the immigration process, improve community outreach and education, and contribute to policy research and advocacy. The Clinic additionally aids noncitizens seeking relief as victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This alternative break group will work directly with the Immigration Clinic to develop a fundraiser to further enable its work with its clients. In addition, alternative breakers will participate in various educational activities to improve their understanding of issues surrounding immigration in America today.

Participants will be introduced to their teams through a Welcome Meeting in November. During two “EOT” (Education, Orientation, & Training) in December and January, participants will participate in issue-specific education with their team and learn more about the service they will be participating in with the Immigration Clinic. The first day of the virtual program in January will be spent orienting alternative breakers to the specific issues that they will be addressing with the Immigration Clinic through virtual service (primarily developing a fundraising campaign) over the following two days.