Community Service Initiatives

Alternative Spring Break

March 7, 2015 - March 15, 2015

Alternative Spring Break is a departmental program sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs that provides service opportunities for students who successfully apply for participation at a variety of sites across the eastern United States.

Our ASB Mission

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long, substance-free program held in March that gives students the chance to gain personal and professional growth through direct volunteer experience and place-based learning.

By participating in ASB, volunteers will:

  •  possess a stronger sense of personal civic identity upon completion of ASB
  •  identify ways to continue their involvement after ASB
  • develop an understanding of the communities and cultures where their service takes place

Become a Participant-Leader for ASB! 

Participant-Leaders will be selected to help prepare and lead each of the five ASB trips in 2014! Participant-Leaders will be responsible for the following:

  • Help recruit participants into the program
  • Lead an orientation session prior to departure
  • Prepare one educational excursion aside from the volunteer activities for the trip
  • Provide leadership and direction during the trip
  • Assist with driving (if eligible to drive IC vehicles)

Students interested in becoming participant-leaders should submit their application on or before Friday, November 15, in order to receive first priority selection for this opportunity. All applications received between November 16 and November 29 for the participant-leader position will be reviewed until all positions are filled. For details on each trip, see the "ASB Trip Descriptions" document on the right. To apply for this position, please use the standard ASB application provided below, and complete the second portion of the application that addresses the participant-leader position.

ASB 2014 Trips:

  • Park Preservation Experience (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Youth Mentoring and Cultural Exploration (Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Territory, Salamanca, NY)
  • Social Justice for Migrant Farmworkers (Central NY) 
  • Historic Preservation and Environmental Appreciation on the Cumberland Plateau (Northern TN)
  • Food Justice in the Urban Environment (Washington DC) 


2015 Trips will be announced in September 2014.


Applications received on or before Friday, November 29, will receive first priority selection, which means that applicants are guaranteed to have their applications reviewed. All applications received after Friday, November 29, will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, February 14, or until the trip is completely full. For details on each trip, see the "ASB 2014 Trip Descriptions" document on the right.


For More Information:

Please see the sidebar for the Frequently Asked Questions document and the 2014 ASB Info document.

For all other questions, please contact Don Austin in OSEMA (