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Our Program and Progress

Since 1998, the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program has provided an opportunity for students to learn about and from communities and students’ own potential to contribute to community initiatives.

These robust opportunities have spanned the country, ranging from:

·      Aiding Hurricane Katrina relief in New Orleans

·      Alleviating the affects of urban decay in Detroit

·      Environmental conservation in Joshua Tree, California

Since 2013, multiple ASB programs in the El Paso community have created strong partnerships between our program and leaders and organizations in the local area.

 

Who We Are

A dedicated group of students creating and embarking on a year-long leadership and community engagement program that culminates in a week-long service immersion experience during spring break.

We are concerned with immigration as a human rights issue, something that transcends politics and statistics to affect the lives of each and every one of us.

As a team, we are participating in ASB to further an outlet that:

·      Informs participants about the issues surrounding immigration

·      Connects us with the communities and people most directly affected

·      Emboldens the power we have to create change for the better

 


Where We Are Going

Through immersive service in the world’s largest border community we will learn about:

·       Economic development

·       Food justice

·       Healthcare equity

·       Human rights and well being

In El Paso we will see first hand how these factors interconnect within the pressing social justice issue of immigration. Since 2013, ASB has been developing partnerships with local organizations in the El Paso area working effectively to impact the immigrant community and bring an end to injustices they face. We are returning in order to nurture these long-term relationships and to share this expansive and eye-opening experience with this year's participants. 




Building Our Budget


This campaign page and its goal represent one of several undertakings that will make the ASB program a continued reality. The funds raised will defray participant costs so that the program remains accessible to all students. 

Renewing Resolve

This campaign will cover the housing, transportation, and food expenses for this year's ASB participants. Twelve dedicated students have been selected to spend their spring breaks serving the El Paso community and continuing to build on Emerson’s partnerships and impact in the area.

The program embodies Emerson’s core values of:

·      Moral courage

·      Celebration of diversity of thought and people

·      Commitment to ethical engagement, collaboration, and meaningful interaction with local and national communities

Help us create a positive impact, increase our knowledge, and build community by supporting our campaign today. Your donation will help ASB bring to life the concepts, experiences, and stories students could otherwise only read about.



Alternative Spring Break is a program of the Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action at Emerson College.

Angie & Lupe

  Published on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at 08:52 PM (EST)

¡Hola familia y amigos!


Thank you all so much for your support thus far! We are more than halfway to reaching our goal thanks to people like you. Our ASB team would like to not only thank you for this tremendous help, but also encourage you to spread the word about our program!


Sometimes it can be hard for those who have never experienced immigration first hand to truly understand the anguish that it can bring. Hearing stories from a person who has lived through these traumas forces us to realize how real and pressing the social justice issue of immigration is. With this in mind, this week we are going to share a story from one of last year’s ASB members, Angelika Romero, and her relationship with a woman she met in El Paso.


“'You are the first real person I have spoken to since I got here,' Lupe said. This phrase broke me down emotionally. I learned the practical definition of vulnerability by holding a crying immigrant woman in my arms. I met Lupe at a transitional shelter for families released from immigration detention in El Paso, Texas near the U.S./Mexico border, where I spent a week for my spring break. As a volunteer at the shelter, I spent my time cleaning mattresses, preparing rooms, sorting through piles of donated clothes, and cooking for hungry refugees.


I met Lupe on her first day in the United States, after she crossed the border with her two young daughters. She kept telling me how bendecida (blessed) she was to not have been raped in her journey towards the 'land of the free'. Through Lupe, I learned that borders do not erase physical or mental bruises. She was a survivor of domestic violence, a single mother with an elementary school education, and a former bartender who had served dangerous cartel members. These cartel members would intimidate and break into Lupe’s home with rifles pointed at her daughters, demanding to receive their quota, a monthly payment given to cartels to ensure that the payee’s family members will not be harmed. They rarely hold true to their promises. In fact, Lupe’s uncle and brother were both assassinated shortly before the day I met her.


What does it mean to be treated like an “illegal alien”?  Lupe taught me that to be treated as an alien is to not be provided with food and blankets while being held for 48 hours at a detention center. For two days, she had to  use her body to provide warmth for her daughters. Every person I met at the border knew what it felt to be treated as “just another case number”. Growing up surrounded by case numbers opens your eyes to the daily injustices performed in the name of justice.


By 2030, one in every three workers in the U.S. will be an immigrant.”

-Angelika Romero


*The name in this story has been changed & picture has been blurred for safety reasons*



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You’re providing a healthy meal that will energize us and allow for enriched engagement in service and learning

Instructor

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You’re providing an educational experience that will allow us to better understand El Paso, immigration issues, and how we fit into and may advocate for a better reality in Boston and beyond

Conveyer

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You’re helping to fill our gas tank, which will allow us to convey our initiative throughout El Paso

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You’re contributing one day of the van rental that will allow us to travel within the community and serve where we are needed the most

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You’re providing one night of housing in the local community center that will allow us to remain as close as possible to those we are serving

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You’re providing much needed resources to amplify our impact in El Paso, such as those needed to cook, serve, and eat a meal with community members that will share their stories of how and why they crossed the border

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You’re providing one of our participants with the round-trip airfare that enables both the week of service in El Paso and prolonged effort to create positive change in Boston and beyond