Alternative Breaks

Kent State University's Alternative Breaks expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community engagement, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities.

These programs engage students in service, inform them about current social issues, and encourage their on-going involvement in social change.

Some of these experiences may be used to fulfill the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR). Learn more about experiential learning and how it can bring your learning to life!

Two students participating in alternative spring break

Alternative Spring Break

Week of March 26-April 2, 2022

Kent State University's Alternative Spring Break trips expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities.

The 2022 Alternative Spring Break application is live! 

Our lineup is as follows:

  • Preserving Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement (Selma, Alabama)
  • The Environment, Fossil Fuels, and Appalachian Communities (Kermit, West Virginia)
  • Supporting the Unique Needs of Multi-Generational Communities (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Protecting and Comforting Former Research Animals (Hartville, Wyoming)
  • Supporting Community Resilience (Puerto Rico)
  • Understanding and Responding to HIV / AIDS (Virtual)

LEARN MORE AND REgister for Alternative SPRING Break!



A photo of downtown Cleveland

Alternative Fall Break

October 14-16, 2021

Participants spent three days and two nights working alongside the staff at NEOCH to canvass the the Cleveland community and inform community members of their rights when threatened with an eviction. 






Photo of Columbus Ohio

Alternative Winter Break 

January 14-16, 2022

Participants will spend three days and two nights learning about Cincinnati, how urban poverty manifests, and the variety of responses in the community to address it. Read more.





University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to services. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact Community Engaged Learning in a timely manner to make arrangements for the necessary service trip adjustments.

Community Engaged Learning welcomes the opportunity to help academic departments across campus plan and develop experiential learning trips for students and faculty. Please contact us at for more information.