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About Alternative Breaks

Statement of Purpose: to engage the University of Utah community in volunteerism and experiential civic earning and lifelong service by dispatching teams of college students to distant communities over school breaks.

Since 1997, Alternative Breaks at the University of Utah has placed teams of college students in distant communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during Fall and Spring Breaks. Each year, students leave behind the world of books and labs to enter communities grappling with issues of urban poverty, prejudice, hunger, rural poverty, HIV/AIDS, and environmental degradation. Host communities benefit from the tangible service work students perform, while students gain a broader perspective of the world—a perspective they then bring back to Utah and share with others.

 "Spring Break lasts a week... Alternative Spring Break lasts a lifetime."

Alternative Breaks Impact

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 The University of Utah is fully committed to affirmative action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, services, and employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, and status as a protected veteran. The University seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.  To request accommodations please contact Laura Schwartz at 801-587-9027.

Evidence of practices not consistent with these policies should be reported to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S Presidents Cr., Rm 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. 801-581-8365 (V/TDD).

Last Updated: 2/21/17