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Elisabeth Plescia <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 9 Dec 2020 20:30:23 -0500
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Subject: Alternative Breaks Information for Students

Social justice is important no matter what field you’re in and inherently
interconnected with every area of life. Engaging in dialogues about social
issues can be a great tool in seeking understanding of the complex world
around us. If you’ve found yourself looking for a way to complement your
academic studies in science with community service and social justice,
Alternative Breaks Spring 2021 Dialogue Program could be for you!


The Alternative Breaks Dialogue Program looks to build a world in which UMD
students are empowered learners in community together, taking action toward
just causes.Through deliberative and reflective dialogues addressing global
social issues, student participants will exchange and evaluate different
ideas and approaches that challenge specific social, political and economic
structures of our global community. Direct service with a local community
partner will demonstrate how students can turn their knowledge into action in
safe, responsible, and sustainable ways.Interested students must be willing
to commit 1.5 hours/week for 8 weeks between February 15th, 2021 - April 9th,
The experience is free.

Who should participate?:

Any student that wants to explore community development, civic engagement,
local issues, leadership, and service.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring social issues
that include environmental conservations, education, socioeconomic
inequality, healthcare, and more.

How will you benefit from participating?:

Connect with a community of peers from across campus  and create new
Develop and practice personal and group leadership skills such as active
listening, reflection, critical thinking, and communication.
Learn how to effectively engage in constructive dialogue

What should I expect?
Active engagement in personal reflection, listening, small group dialogue,
and small group activities.
Thought-provoking questions and dialogue around social issues.
Making connections between social issues and your academic, personal,
professional, or civic life.
Engaging in direct service alongside a local community partner.
Identifying at least one action step to take towards a social issue you are
passionate about.

Application Information:
Visit to sign up starting Monday, December 7th,
The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31st, 2021.

For more information or questions, visit or contact
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Contact Person: Elisabeth Plescia
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Contact Phone Number: 2402782065
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