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University of Utah, Bennion Center

Chapter Type
Program Name
Alternative Breaks
Date Established
Mar 22, 1997
Since 1997, Alternative Breaks at the University of Utah has partnered teams of college students with local and distant communities to engage in justice-based and experiential learning during academic breaks. Started and run entirely by student leadership and passion, Alternative Breaks maintains this legacy of strong student leadership, with each of our experiences imagined, created, and executed by the students on our leadership team.

In 2008, these students introduced Alternative Fall Breaks to the exciting work of the program. Years later, in 2015, Alternative Weekend Breaks were introduced to provide a more accessible AB experience in terms of time and cost.

Today, our program sends out around 20 community engagement experiences annually, each focused on a topic of justice identified by students and driven by participants passionate about the topic themselves. Working with over 220 students and more than 85 community partner organizations each year, the Alternative Breaks program provides over 5,500 hours of direct engagement working in power with communities across the western United States (and Vancouver, Canada).
Salt Lake City, UT 84112