Alternative Spring Break

In the spring of 2013 the McLean Institute and the North Mississippi VISTA Project partnered with the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at Mississippi State University to offer an alternative spring break experience to University of Mississippi. The McLean Institute built on the success of this class to developĀ SOC 451: Social Issues in the Mississippi Delta and Experiential Spring Break.

Students in SOC 451 worked at Mississippians Engaging in Greener Agriculture in Shelby, MS to build planter boxes for a teaching garden.

Students in SOC 451 worked at Mississippians Engaging in Greener Agriculture in Shelby, MS to build planter boxes for a teaching garden.

The course allows students to explore contemporary issues in education and poverty before spending a week of service and academic exploration in the Mississippi Delta. Sample service work includes building teaching gardens for a sustainability non-profit, painting educational murals at public schools, and assisting with landscaping projects at schools and other public buildings. Students in the course have ample opportunity to reflect on their experiences and think critically about their and the University’s role in supporting Mississippi’s communities. Future sections of the Alternative Break course will be offered through multiple departments. For more information about joining or creating an alternative break experience, contact JR Love.