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Spring Semester 2024

Weeklong experiences will be March 3rd-9th. There will be no weekend experiences.

Spring 2024 Applications will open in early November.

The Alternative Breaks spring selection process is application based only (not first-come, first-served as in the past)

Check out the different experiences we'll be sending out below along with other information you'll need as a prospective Alt Breaker! 

Spring 2024 Alternative Break Experiences


About this Experience

This alternative break aims to delve into the systemic causes of homelessness in America. We are committed to collaborating with community partners to gain a comprehensive understanding of the experiences faced by communities in Seattle. Housing instability is an escalating crisis in America. Due to rapid increases in housing and rent prices, wages have stayed stagnant, leaving most Americans living paycheck to paycheck. Consequently, most Americans are only a few unfortunate events away from being unhoused. Due to the complexity of housing, we will examine the intersections of other critical social justice topics in relation to housing justice during this break. 

Cost: TBD

About this Experience

AsxenophobiaandnegativenationalismcontinuetoplaguetheUnitedStates,regulationsandlawsare continuouslypassedwiththeintentiontorestrictandoppressvulnerablegroups.Specifically,manywhohave immigratedtotheUnitedStateswithhopesofabetterlifeandfuturearefleeingfromviolenceand
hunger.OnthisAlternativeBreak,wewillbeexploringandlearningaboutthelimitations,treatment,and overallcriminalizationofimmigrantcommunities.Wewillaccomplishthisbychallengingourunderstandingof borders,policing,migrationpolitics,andliminalbodies.Throughthisexploration,wewillbeabletohumanize
immigrantexperiencesandidentitiesbyparticipatingwithintheSanDiegocommunitywhileexploringhowthe criminalizationofimmigrantsaddstothecarceralregime.

Cost: TBD

About this Experience

1.9 million people are incarcerated within the United States. Our punitive criminal justice system disproportionately imprisons BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals. On this break we will analyze how our language and views on criminality are influenced by systems of white supremacy, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy to better understand how incarceration is used as a tool of suppression. During this Alt Break we will explore prison abolition as well as various reform approaches to mass incarceration. We will engage in educational and reflective experiences that will better our understanding of the underlying causes and impacts of mass incarceration on marginalized communities. 

Cost: TBD

About this Experience

Our identities are important in how others perceive us and move through society.It's important to recognize the ways in which factors like race also influence our educational experiences. Our educational system continues to be influenced by ideas of white privilege and classism, which bars marginalized and underserved communities from accessing educational benefits that enable social mobility.Historically, the United States has prioritized the needs of certain racial groups over others, resulting in segregated and underfunded schools, phenomena like the school-to-prison pipeline, and important legal decisions that have huge implications for students, like the reversal of the affirmative action policy that was intended to mitigate educational inequities. On this break, we will connect with various organizations in the Los Angeles area that work to counter these inequities, and we'll learn how to begin to change our thought patterns and find ways of addressing these issues as individuals within Utah's higher education system.  

Cost: TBD

About this Experience

Sex and Healthy relationships is a critical and sensitive social justice issue. Participants on this break will learn and engage with sensitive subjects including sex, rape, human trafficking, interpersonal violence, sex work, survivors and more. Please consider your personal comfort level in these topics prior to applying to this break. During this break, we will learn the different ways we interact with each other and ourselves through a sociological lens. Sex is integrated into the nature of a human being, therefore this break will examine both the biological, historical, and personal approach to relationships. We will engage with marginalized communities who face barriers in their sexuality, the sex industry, and their day-to-day relationships. We will aim to deconstruct this social justice issue with caution and an open mind. This AB aims to create a safe space to reflect, engage, and learn about this social justice issue, so join us to learn more.  

Cost: TBD

About this Experience



Cost: TBD

About this Experience

Civilization and the growth of urban areas coexist with our natural environments, so it is our responsibility as civilians to ensure sustainable coexistence. The presence of urban areas has led to various environmental challenges. Addressing these issues is crucial to foster a harmonious relationship between urban development and nature. Through education and hands-on experiences with the community in Portland, the Urban Environmentalism break will discover the challenges and solutions for more sustainable cities. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between urban development and the environment. 

Cost: TBD

Participant Information

The Alternative Breaks spring selection process is application based only (not first-come, first-served). 

These are the expectations to which the Bennion Center holds all of its Alternative Breaks participants. Failure to adhere the Alternative Breaks and University of Utah policies will result in expulsion from the program and forfeiture of deposit and/or entire trip cost.

All participants are expected to:

  • Attend a Justice Workshop in preparation for their AB experience (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Attend all pre-departure meetings and other trip activities and trainings (approximately 6 hours)
  • Provide policy information for any personal medical insurance they will have for the duration of their trip in the event of a medical emergency. Medical insurance is not a requirement to participate in Alternative Breaks; a secondary group insurance is purchased to cover those who do not have medical insurance.
  • Be financially responsible for any incidental personal expenses incurred during the trip (i.e. souvenirs)
  • Participate in all trip activities including work/service projects, team-building exercises, and other activities as determined by group leaders
  • Abide by all University of Utah policies and procedures as they apply to the Alternative Breaks experience
  • Remain alcohol- and drug-free from date of departure until time of return
  • Participate in a post-break Reorientation event (Friday, March 29th from 4:00pm-6pm & location TBD).

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected by Monday, January 29th. At this time, applicants who have been selected will have until Wednesday, January 31st to reserve their spot with a $100.00 down payment. Payment method will be available online. Failure to place a down payment will result in forfeiture of your spot. Down Payments are non-refundable.

Payment Plans: Special arrangements may be made concerning a payment plan for the down payment/total payment. Please contact Ann Lopez for more information.

Total costs must be paid by Wednesday, February 14th.

If you cancel your reservation on an experience after Thursday, February 15th you are responsible for the entire cost of the experience. Non-compliance is subject to a hold being placed on your University records.

Expenses covered by your payment include all community engagement activities, transportation, meals, and lodging throughout the experience.

For any questions or concerns please contact Alternative Breaks.



November 6th

January 16th

January 29th

January 31st


February 14th

March 3rd-9th

March 29th

Participant + Discount application opens

Participant + Discount applications close

Notification of Participant Status and Break Discount

Participant Agreement & non-refundable Down Payment is due to confirm participation

Final Payments due

Alternative Spring Break

Reorientation Event


Please contact Ann Lopez with any questions

Support for Alternative Breaks experiences provided by:

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Parent fund
BW Bastian Foundation
Last Updated: 9/15/23