Alternative Winter Breaks

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

From January 18 - 20, alternative breakers will collaborate with the Lemon Project on William & Mary’s campus to learn about the history of racism and education at the College. 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 W&M, and builds bridges between the university and the greater Williamsburg area. Alternative breakers will gain great insight into the university’s history and will have the opportunity to create a project under the theme of “When and Where They Enter: Four Centuries of Black Women in America,” to be presented at the Project’s 10th Annual Symposium in March of 2020. 

Housing for this alternative break will be provided by the Wesley House, located on Jamestown Road across from campus.

Feed People, Fight Disease, Foster Hope
Moveable Feast

During Winter Break (January 15-21), alternative breakers will collaborate with Moveable Feast in Baltimore, MD to learn about how the organization fosters a community that cares for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering nutritious meals and groceries and providing nutritional counseling and other services. The staff and volunteers of Moveable Feast value compassion in the pursuit of their responsibilities to the human community. They aspire to maintain the highest level of quality and integrity throughout their services and products and believe that all people deserve to live in an atmosphere of hope.

Alternative Breakers will stay at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Parksville, where showers and cooking spaces will be available. Students should be prepared to bring a sleeping bag or other arrangements for sleeping on a floor.

Creating Safe & Inclusive Spaces: LGBTQ+ Experiences on College Campuses (Winter)
Campus Pride

During Winter Break (January 18 - 21), 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

Housing for this alternative break will be provided by First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Participants will sleep on the floors of church classrooms and have access to shower and kitchen facilities to cook meals.