Alternative Breaks at George Mason University

Alternative Breaks at George Mason University Alternative Break programs are collaboratively designed by students and staff to address social issues through education and service learning.

Founded over a decade ago, GMU Alternative Breaks is a program run through Social Action & Integrative learning at Mason. An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students engage in direct service, typically for a week. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue with exploration and immersion in that issue beginning long before the trip itself. Students educate themselves and each other, then do hands-on work with relevant organizations. These experiences challenge them to think critically and compassionately—and to understand that there’s no such thing as “not my problem.” Upon return, participants are empowered to make more informed decisions and to take meaningful action that support community efforts. Our program sends our 5 spring break trips each spring, and one summer trip. We have a variety of ways to engage in our program, from becoming a participant on a trip, a trip leader, executive board member, or learning/staff partner.

Social Action and Integrative Learning
09/25/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Raise your voice! Best Practices around Community Organizing, Public Policy and Community Care
Join us on October 12, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM!

To learn more, visit: sail.gmu.edu/events/11223

#ComingUpinSAILFriday

Social Action and Integrative Learning
09/24/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Join us on October 6 from 3- 4pm as we engage in discussion around the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism.
SAIL will be hosting this workshop as part of Leadership Mason Experience!

To learn more, visit: sail.gmu.edu/events/11224

#SAILSpotlightThursday

Join SAIL on Wednesday September 23rd from 2pm-2:30pm as we host a panel about our plans for Alternative Breaks this upc...
09/22/2020

Join SAIL on Wednesday September 23rd from 2pm-2:30pm as we host a panel about our plans for Alternative Breaks this upcoming year!

This event is part of Mason Global Education Office's Study Abroad Week, happening all week!

Visit their website for more information about this program and so many more: http://studyabroad.gmu.edu/fair/

Social Action and Integrative Learning
09/18/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Join us on October 6 from 3- 4pm as we engage in discussion around the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism.
SAIL will be hosting this workshop as part of Leadership Mason Experience.
To learn more, visit: https://sail.gmu.edu/events/11224

#ComingUpinSAILFriday

The LEAD Office at George Mason University
09/16/2020

The LEAD Office at George Mason University

Join us for this year's Leadership Mason Experience and DISCOVER YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! The Leadership Mason Experience provides students with skills to enact positive change for their causes, groups, and communities. We are so excited to share that we have over 20 incredible programs focused around the following leadership focus areas:

• Student activism and civic engagement
• Well-being, self-care, and community care
• Ethical leadership
• Diversity, inclusion, and identity development
• Career exploration and mentoring

This is a great way to...
• Make new friends
• Learn more about yourself
• Learn how to work even more effectively with others and in groups
• Learn how to help any organizations that you’re a part of to be more successful
• Learn how YOU can help create positive change
• A leadership program that you can list on your resume
• Be part of a fun program!

For more info and to register for the Leadership Mason Experience, visit: https://lead.gmu.edu/leadershipmason/

Social Action and Integrative Learning
09/15/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Each year the Leadership Education and Development Office hosts our annual Leadership Mason Experience focusing on leadership skill development. This year's Leadership Mason Virtual Experience will take place October 2-17, 2020!

https://lead.gmu.edu/leadershipmason/

#ComingUpatMasonTuesday

Social Action and Integrative Learning
09/03/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Connect with SAIL on social media and other platforms!

https://sail.gmu.edu/

#SAILSpotlightThursday

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/28/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Want to learn how you can have truly a truly immersive & transformational experience during your time at Mason?

Join us for the SAIL Open House for a chance to win a SAIL Swag Bag!! Learn more AND RSVP here: https://forms.gle/Rm84n6qr4afq2P6MA

#ComingUpinSAILFriday

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/27/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Consider adding ANY or ALL of the upcoming SAIL programs and events to your FALL 2020 calendar.

For additional info and to RSVP, visit the SAIL Events page at https://sail.gmu.edu/events.

#SAILSpotlightThursday

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/24/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/20/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Join us as we engage in discussion around the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism. Active citizens are individuals who see the world through the lens of community.

For additional info and to RSVP, visit https://sail.gmu.edu/events/11224

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/20/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Join us as we engage in discussion around the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism. Active citizens are individuals who see the world through the lens of community.

For additional info and to RSVP, visit https://sail.gmu.edu/events/11224

Social Action and Integrative Learning
08/18/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Join us on September 11, 2020 for our annual George Mason University Service Fair. Connect with more than 45 different community partners and discover various service opportunities.

For additional info and to RSVP, visit: https://sail.gmu.edu/events/11116

We are hiring paid Alternative Break Leaders for our reimagined Alternative Breaks through SAIL! Visit our website for m...
08/05/2020

We are hiring paid Alternative Break Leaders for our reimagined Alternative Breaks through SAIL! Visit our website for more information about the position: https://sail.gmu.edu/alternative-break/applications-and-information

Note: the class has been moved to online and asynchronous! Applications are due August 15th!

We are searching for Alternative Break Leaders! Apply Today for these reimagined Alternative Breaks!

As we adjust to new rules, protocols and considerations in this COVID-19 era, we have reworked and reconsidered our Alternative Break Experiences held through SAIL. As the future of this pandemic is uncertain and ever changing, we are moving all of our Alternative Breaks to virtual/local experiences and encouraging folks to think global and act local.

This shift allows us to recalibrate and ensure that what we are doing will be impactful and educational as we address critical social concerns in partnership with our neighbors and surrounding communities. Please note we are working with our current and consistent partners to find ways to support their needs as well.

Visit our website for more information: https://sail.gmu.edu/alternative-break/alternative-break-trips

Alternative Break Leaders Needed – Apply Today!
We are currently hiring paid Alternative Break Leaders and hope you will share this with others or consider applying to be an Alternative Break Leader. Please visit the Alternative Break Leader Position Description to learn more about what this entails. The application will be due August 15th. We hope you will consider applying today to help us to create these impactful trip experiences.

Apply here today!: https://sail.gmu.edu/alternative-break/applications-and-information

We are searching for Alternative Break Leaders! Apply Today for these reimagined Alternative Breaks! As we adjust to new...
07/28/2020

We are searching for Alternative Break Leaders! Apply Today for these reimagined Alternative Breaks!

As we adjust to new rules, protocols and considerations in this COVID-19 era, we have reworked and reconsidered our Alternative Break Experiences held through SAIL. As the future of this pandemic is uncertain and ever changing, we are moving all of our Alternative Breaks to virtual/local experiences and encouraging folks to think global and act local.

This shift allows us to recalibrate and ensure that what we are doing will be impactful and educational as we address critical social concerns in partnership with our neighbors and surrounding communities. Please note we are working with our current and consistent partners to find ways to support their needs as well.

Alternative Break Leaders Needed – Apply Today!
We are currently hiring paid Alternative Break Leaders and hope you will share this with others or consider applying to be an Alternative Break Leader. Please visit the Alternative Break Leader Position Description to learn more about what this entails. The application will be due August 15th. We hope you will consider applying today to help us to create these impactful trip experiences.

Apply here today!: https://sail.gmu.edu/alternative-break/applications-and-information

George Mason University Life, Mason Housing, George Mason University Student Support and Advocacy Center GMU, Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education GMU, Mason International, The LEAD Office at George Mason University, School of Integrative Studies at George Mason University,

Social Action and Integrative Learning
07/14/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Still have questions about VLCs? Join us for a live Q&A session with our VLC team on tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15 from 5 - 6 PM (EST). Register at https://bit.ly/VLCQ-A. See you there!

#MasonVLC

Join the Leadership through Community Engagement Virtual Learning Community (VLC)!For more information and to apply, vis...
06/23/2020

Join the Leadership through Community Engagement Virtual Learning Community (VLC)!

For more information and to apply, visit https://ofps.gmu.edu/vlc/

Questions and requests for more information can be directed to [email protected]

#masonvlc #communityengagement #leadership #socialchange #changemakers #learningcommunity #masonpatriots

Join the Leadership through Community Engagement Virtual Learning Community (VLC)!

The Leadership through Community Engagement VLC offers students the opportunity to learn with peers interested in exploring social concerns in order to become an active part of solutions through community engagement. Based on the Social Change Model, members examine local and global issues through academic study and activism, with an emphasis on relational leadership, positive change and active citizenship.

For more information and to apply, visit https://ofps.gmu.edu/vlc/

Questions and requests for more information can be directed to [email protected]

#masonvlc #communityengagement #leadership #socialchange #changemakers #learningcommunity #masonpatriots

George Mason University Life
06/19/2020

George Mason University Life

📢📢 VLCs application is OPEN! Enroll at go.gmu.edu/VLCapp. Swipe to see FAQs. Priority deadline 🗓️ Monday, June 29th.

Mason Housing George Mason University Admissions [email protected] Mason OffCampus School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution - S-CAR College of Education and Human Development - George Mason UniversityCollege of Science at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services George Mason University School of Business

06/11/2020
Social Action and Integrative Learning

Hello to many of our favorite Active Citizens!

Please see below for a video around utilizing the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism! We hope this can be helpful as we continue to engage and see what we can do to address issues of racial injustice and bias.

In these moments, we as Social Action and Integrative Learning staff and students have been feeling a mixture of emotions as we acknowledge the systematic oppression and trauma our Black students and colleagues face every single day in our community.

We believe that we must be a part of the work to support Black students and colleagues and to address systemic racism in our community and on our campus. What we are seeing now is a nation rising up to speak out. We are happy to see so many using their voice to speak up and out and are grateful to see this conversation is happening all across this country but we have a lot of work still left to do. This is just the beginning of what we hope can be an historic revolution.

We have felt your urgency and desire to contribute, to advocate and also to learn more about how we can work together towards positive social change. So many of the students we work with are powerful voices in organizing and standing up for what they believe in. We wanted to share a model with you that we hope can help as you move forward to becoming a stronger and more informed activist, community builder, ally and active citizen.

We hope you will take some time to watch our presentation on the Active Citizen Continuum through the lens of anti-racism and learn more about how you can become a more active citizen in your own life.

For additional resources and information, please visit our SAIL website:
https://sail.gmu.edu/get-involved/social-action-through-black-lives-matter-movement

George Mason University Life
05/27/2020

George Mason University Life

Are you a college student committed to addressing the COVID-19 crisis? Apply by June 3 to receive $2,000 USD to $5,000 USD in seed funding for your social impact project.

Launched by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the CGI U COVID-19 Student Action Fund will identify and support select students at universities around the world who are developing awareness and prevention campaigns, social enterprises, infectious disease monitoring and response systems, and other emergency response initiatives that are providing immediate support for public health practitioners and other essential workers on the frontlines of the global pandemic. Apply now with your commitment to take action.

With special thanks to our supporters, Founding Partner, Kevin Xu, and the CGI University Network.

http://cgiu.org/covid19fund

Social Action and Integrative Learning
05/14/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Alternative Break Trip Leader Application is Now Open! Apply Today! http://tinyurl.com/y2ogkekh

Social Action and Integrative Learning
05/08/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Alternative Break Trip Leader Application is Now Open! Apply Today! http://tinyurl.com/y2ogkekh

Social Action and Integrative Learning
04/24/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

A big congratulations to all of our 2020 Seeds of Change winners!!!🎉🎊 The world is a better place with you all in it!

Social Action and Integrative Learning
04/16/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

SAIL will be running a Seeds of Change Nominees & Awardees Social Media Spotlight Campaign from April 20th through 24th, 2020. During the campaign, we will take the time to honor and spotlight all Seeds of Change nominees and awardees. Be sure to tune in!

Social Action and Integrative Learning
04/14/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Alternative Break Video Spotlight:
The Color of Justice: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, NJ
Visit: http://ow.ly/qK4t50zdgXP

Social Action and Integrative Learning
04/14/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Alternative Break Video Spotlight:
It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: Washington, DC
Visit: https://youtu.be/UmMa4IVvM_E

Social Action and Integrative Learning
04/07/2020

Social Action and Integrative Learning

Alternative Break Video Spotlight:
Unlocking the Dream: Food Justice and Community Activism in Atlanta, GA

Visit: https://youtu.be/8xwL-gc0CZ4

George Mason University Life
04/02/2020

George Mason University Life

#GivingDay is a day for all of Mason Nation to come together as #PatriotsHelpingPatriots. More than 600 Mason students are seeking emergency financial assistance. Help them thrive this semester. Can we count you in? https://give.gmu.edu

The LEAD Office at George Mason University
03/28/2020

The LEAD Office at George Mason University

These brave and beautiful souls embarked on adventures this week in Atlanta, GA; Stuart, FL; Camden, NJ and Washington D...
03/15/2020

These brave and beautiful souls embarked on adventures this week in Atlanta, GA; Stuart, FL; Camden, NJ and Washington DC for Alternative Spring Break! It was fascinating to experience how community agencies were responding to the Coronavirus and to see the the impact of the inequity around health and safety firsthand.

It was a powerful week of education, commitment and community building with inspiring partners and friends!

Massive thanks to our Trip Leaders and Learning Partners:
Grace Loonam and Dasha Maslyukov with Brendan Scott: Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida
Akosua Mainoo and Nattacha Munakata with Shannyn Snyder: It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: Washington, DC
Amy Hannum and Rose Dang with Patty Mathison: The Color of Justice: Mass Incarceration & Environmental Justice in Camden, NJ
Lizbeth Guadalupe and Felicia Haynes with T Garey Davis Unlocking the Dream: Food Justice and Community Activism in Atlanta, GA (partnership with Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education GMU)

Tremendous thanks as well to all of our community partners who provided guidance, insight, coordinated all of our activities and made this such a positive experience for our participants:

Nova Salud, Food & Friends, HIPS, Martin County Parks and Recreation, Center for Environmental Transformation - CFET, Graterford Think Tank, Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban AG, Open Hand Atlanta, Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center, Inc.,

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