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The MRISJ offers Bridgewater State University students the opportunity to engage in direct service through participation in one of our immersion experiences, previously known as Alternative Break Trips. Through participation in immersion trips, students will gain skills and knowledge surrounding social justice and civic education and practice critical reflection.

Immersion trips are student-led and explore a variety of social justice issues such as immigration advocacy and policy, rural and urban poverty, access to affordable housing and youth development programs. Participants attend a series of pre-trip meetings to prepare the group for the experience. BSU student Trip Leaders, along with BSU faculty or staff serving as Learning Partners, work to prepare participants for the important journey through team-building and issue-specific education.

While some trips have sent students to serve locally (MA and RI), students have also travelled outside of New England to serve in other regions. We have previously sent students to Connecticut, Florida, South Dakota, Louisiana, Virginia, and Washington, DC to serve communities and learn about social justice issues through direct service.

We are excited to announce the return of Alternative Spring Break in Spring 2023! Read below for more information.

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2023 Alternative Spring Break

We are excited to announce the return of our Alternative Break Program in Spring 2023!

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The MRISJ Alternative Break program offers BSU students the opportunity to build social justice skills and knowledge through civic engagement, direct service and critical reflection. Led by two undergraduate students, this week-long program will include advocacy, education and service with the Coalition for Social Justice in Brockton, Fall River, and/or New Bedford.

The student Team Leaders, along with faculty and staff serving as Learning Partners, will prepare participants for the week-long experience through a series of pre-trip meetings that include team-building exercises, issue-specific education and critical reflection.

The week-long experience is free for students and offers flexible options for both commuter and resident students.

Dates: March 6-10, 2023

Contact Us

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

161 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States