Alternative Spring Break

Each year, the Tucker Center coordinates an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Washington, D.C.

About the Program

The theme of the 2020 ASB program is "Faith, Race and Justice." Students from all religious, spiritual, and moral backgrounds—including those who do not subscribe to a faith—are encouraged to apply.

The ASB Program seeks to bring together students from a diversity of religious and moral traditions to explore the issues of race and justice in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Together, this group will engage with a variety of community agencies, religious communities, Dartmouth alumni, students, and public officials wrestling with issues of faith, race, and justice.

For more information on the ASB program, please email Khalil Abdullah.

Past Programs

On past programs, ASB participants have met with Congressional staff, explored historical districts such as DC's U Street, visited with students and religious advisors at Howard University, observed a wide array of religious and spiritual services, and much more.

By continuously exploring and reflecting upon issues of faith and race, participants will have the opportunity to ask provocative questions about the most important issues of justice facing our national community and develop meaningful relationships within the context of religious difference, all while delving deeply into personal visions of what it means to live a moral life.

Application Process

The deadlines for the 2020 ASB trip have passed. If you are interested in applying for the 2021 ASB, keep an eye out for applications to come out in the fall of 2020.

Become an ASB Trip Leader

An ASB Trip Leader is one of the primary people responsible for the outcome of the Faith, Race, and Justice trip. Thus, he or she must have a passionate interest in leading the trip, because a successful trip for all participants is only possible if trip leaders execute their responsibilities fully and with heart. ASB trip leaders do share ASB trip responsibilities with a co-leader, trip advisor, and the Tucker ASB Student Assistant.

Application Deadline

The deadlines for the 2018 ASB trip have passed. If you are interested in applying for the 2019 ASB, keep an eye out for applications to come out in the fall of 2018.

Student Reflections

"This entire trip was a risk and a challenge for me, but I chose to go because it took me way out of my comfort zone... I became more bold, adventurous, and curious as a result of this trip. I have found new passions and have a renewed sense of excitement for the years ahead of me and possibilities for what I want to accomplish for justice in the world. This trip has literally changed my life!" - Student, Class of '19, participant on the 2016 ASB trip

"Before this trip, I think I was all too guilty of the 'not my problem' mentality. I rarely went to the talks hosted on campus every day. Now I feel like I have both the motivation and vocabulary to discuss issues of race, faith and social justice." - Student, Class of '16, participant on the 2016 ASB trip