Alternative Break Specialists (Site Leaders) develop and lead week-long Alternative Break community engaged learning experiences. They develop service projects and learning opportunities, meet with their program participants to orient them on expectations, transport the participants to the trip sites, lead projects during the program, and hold reflections throughout the experience to foster learning and growth.
Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE) centers transformational and experiential learning by providing meaningful involvement and personal development for students. We challenge students to lead with care, align to their purpose, and build leadership skills. As a dynamic campus resource, we co-create opportunities for students to integrate the knowledge, skills, and wisdom gained inside and outside of the classroom to transform themselves and their communities. We envision a community of skilled and empowered student leaders who are changemakers for positive social impact.
Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) creates space for students to craft and progress their collective visions of social, economic, and environmental justice by facilitating community-engaged learning experiences. CEL builds community capacity, enhances students' leadership skills, and inspires positive change through connecting students’ interests and talents with community needs.
The Alternative Break (AB) program creates transformative, learning opportunities for students. Alternative break trips aim to develop the capacity for students to lead for social change. Alternative breaks enable students to immerse themselves in a community to learn its historical, cultural and political background. The Alternative Break experience encourages students to analyze their assumptions through learning about the complexity of social problems. The immersive community environments enables participants to experience and discuss social issues in a significant way.
In addition to the responsibilities and duties required of a trip leader, there are expectations we have for leads and participants alike to ensure the Alternative Break experience is centered on teambuilding, learning, and community. In order for all team members to get the most of the program, everyone needs to be committed to the experience.
Participating on an Alternative Break is a significant time commitment. You must be available for the following dates and times. In addition, Trip Leaders are expected to be in the Community Engagement & Leadership office (SEC 250) for 2 hours every week to work on trip logistics, and meeting either weekly or bi-weekly with CEL staff for support and check in about trip planning and management.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.