Alternative Spring Break: Theory of Connectivity

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Alternative Spring Break - Theory of Connectivity

They conducted spring break service, social justice and advocacy projects in Tennessee, Louisiana, Washington D.C., North Carolina and Allentown.

Students explored the concepts of social justice while visiting historical civil rights landmark locations in and around Memphis. During their break, students viewed the Civil Rights Museum, Little Rock High School and the Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Students gather at the Hope House in Memphis, TN during an alternative spring break trip.

They also volunteered at Hope House, a local organization that helps those whose lives have been impacted by HIV and AIDS. Kim Gallon, director of Africana studies and assistant professor of history, Justin Rose, consortium for faculty diversity fellow, political science and Africana studies, Roberta Meek, visiting lecturer, history and media & communications and Robin Riley-Casey, director, multicultural life traveled with the students.

Muhlenberg students again made the annual trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to work with the St. Bernard Project on the ongoing cleanup and rebuilding projects necessary after Hurricane Katrina. The partnership between Muhlenberg students and The St. Bernard Project is highly valued, and the founders of the program were granted honorary degrees at Muhlenberg’s 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Tom Dougherty, assistant chief of campus safety, and Callista Isabelle, college chaplain, accompanied the group.

Gil Schpero, assistant director of Hillel, traveled with nine students to Washington, D.C. to learn about Israel advocacy and participate in the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference. Gil was honored with the AIPAC "Ally of the Year" award. The Muhlenberg group met with policy leaders in our nation's capital to help reinforce a strong Israel-United States partnership.

David Rabold, capital projects manager, plant operations, traveled with six students to Statesville, North Carolina to participate in a Habitat for Humanity building project. The students were able to complete the majority of the framework necessary for a home’s construction.

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