Alternative Break

Alternative Break experiences are justice-centered, student-led, immersive multi-day service and learning project that explore and address root causes of important social issues. Typically, Alternative Breaks consist of education, service, and activities relevant to the theme of that break. Alternative Breaks work closely with relevant organizations to create meaningful, reciprocal service and education for students and the community.

All break experiences in fall and spring are entirely free to participate in and require submitting an application to be reviewed. The application process is competitive. Students who are not initially accepted may be placed on a waitlist.

Alternative Fall Break

October 20-22, 2022

The 2022 Alternative Fall Break will take place October 20-22 in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area (both on and off campus). Fall break experiences do not include an overnight component but may include local travel which will be provided. Fall break experiences typically take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and include breakfast items and lunch.

The 2022 Fall break themes are:

  • Latinx Access to Health Care & Mental Health Services
  • Queering Social Justice/Intersectional Queerness
  • Disability Justice & Action
Applications for Alternative Fall Break 2022 are now closed.

Alternative Spring Break

March 6-10, 2023
Local & Domestic

The 2023 Alternative Spring Break will take place March 6-10 in cities across the western United States, including in Utah. Spring break experiences include a week-long overnight component and travel, which may include provided air, bus, or train travel. Students and advisors are provided with pre-paid debit cards to be used exclusively for meals for the duration of their break experience.

The 2023 Spring break themes and locations are:

  • Hunger & Food Justice (Portland, OR)
  • Environmental Justice (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Black Student Experience (Nashville, TN)
  • Bruin Scholars Experience (Utah)
  • Pasifika Student Experience (San Francisco, CA)

Use the button below to apply via Campus Groups. Deadline to apply is November 2, 2022.

Apply Here

Alternative Spring Break partnership with the Summer Bridge and Bruin Scholars program, focusing on Latinx access to outdoor recreational spaces

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Danielle Susi-Dittmore

Coordinator, Student Leadership Development




Student Center