Raised of $7,500 goal.






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This campaign ended on Friday, Mar. 3, 2017

Our Program

For the 14th time since 1998, Emerson College’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is bringing students together to realize their potential for civic engagement and civic action. What started as a week of immersive service is now also a yearlong leadership development and community engagement program led by students and staff advisers. This March, ASB participants will return to El Paso, Texas on the Juárez, Mexico border where previous ASB teams have formed strong bonds in the local community.

Some past ASB projects include:

  • Restoring oceanic habitats in Niceville, Florida following the BP oil spill
  • Maintaining grounds of Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, California
  • Participating in a female youth empowerment project with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Our Plan

For the fourth year, our team will travel to the El Paso/Juárez border for spring break week. Our immersion program will focus on understanding the unique intersection of issues faced by border communities, including immigration policy, education, labor rights, and food justice. While in El Paso, we will engage with organizations working to address the short-term effects and underlying root causes of these issues. Some of this work includes hosting community-building events, maintaining a community garden working towards food sovereignty, preparing rooms at shelters for families transitioning out of detention, and providing meals and services to migrant farmworkers with few labor protections.

Our journey does not end after our week in El Paso. Upon our return to Boston, we reflect on our new knowledge and how to share it with the Emerson community. We engage the Emerson community in conversations about our time in El Paso, the people we meet there, and their stories of strength and resilience. This step is critical in order to continue building bridges between people, cultures, and our shared humanity.

Investing In Our Team

We need your help to accomplish our team's mission. Our total program cost this year is $14,740, and we hope to raise as much as $7,500 through this campaign. Funds raised will cover our team's transportation, food, and lodging costs. Your support is also an investment in the learning, growth, and development in each of us as students and engaged citizens.

USEED Goal: $4,500 --> REACHED!

USEED Reach Goal: $7,500

Overal Program Cost: $11,340

Help us build knowledge and bridges by supporting our campaign today. Whether you can sponsor a meal or a plane ticket, your support will help our team reach our goal. Thank you!

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

Increíblemente cerca, pero extramádamente inspirante 

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 02:01 AM (EDT)


Hola! This is one of our final updates as we prepare to journey to El Paso, Texas in just one week, yes that's true we are heading to Texas NEXT SATURDAY! I understand I am speaking in the future tense, under the impression that we will accomplish our reach goal, which I am most certain we will. I cannot emphasize how much you guys have not only changed my perception of what activism is, but have also made the way for my team to really make a difference. Before joining this project and dedicating myself to the experience that is Alternative Spring Break, I was hesitant about what such a program would encompass, despite my having participated in a similar experience. Your donations hold so much more than just financial support, they allow us to dream. I think I speak for my team when I say that your donations have enabled us. Through your financial support you're offering us a chance to educate, to immerse, to understand, to address, to feel, but most importantly to change. Your support is going to give us the chance to make a difference, and believe it or not, the movement towards change starts here. It starts with you, and your enabling support, and it will continue with us, we will pass it on to our communities and we will hope that it ends on positive note, one that identifies all the aspects of immigration in order to be the change we seek. 


We are happy to report that our silent auction was a tremendous success, as we were able to raise $1,348.00, HOW AMAZING IS THAT? THANK YOU ALL for your support! 

And as we move forward in our campaign, it’s important to understand how the current U.S. administration affects the day-to-day lives of immigrants. This year, there have been a number of cases of people who were considered low priority for deportation under Obama’s administration being seen as threats to national security to the Trump’s administration. This week for example, the White House has taken measures to greatly expand the authority of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security). Under these measures, undocumented persons can be deported under what’s considered minor offenses, such as a traffic violation. An undocumented person can also be deported if they are suspected of having committed a crime or they cannot prove that they’ve lived in the U.S. for over two years.  These measures are projected to increase the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants. We mention this not to end in a low note, but to elevate the importance of this issue and to highlight that activism and community outreach is of fundamental importance in this moment.

We're Almost There 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 12:02 AM (EDT)

HOLA everyone, we're down to the last 9 days of this campaign, and we have managed to raise $6,901.00 of our end goal of $7,500.00, bringing us 92% of the way there. We are down to the final stretch, can you believe our group will be traveling to El Paso, next Saturday? Our determination and your support has enable this opportunity a chance at reality. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, as we would not have the finances to do what it is we need to without your help. 

This week our team will host our Silent Auction on Thursday, February 23rd. The event is hosted by the Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action (of which our team is a part of). The event will take place from 12:30-4:30pm in the Common Ground (10th floor, Walker Building, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA) and will be a great chance to bid on unique prizes for a good cause. It's going to be a great time, so be sure that no one misses out. And SPREAD THE WORD! 


Conozca Al Equipo 

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 03:03 AM (EDT)


¡Hola! Thanks to all your cooperation and donations we've reached 85% of our goal! You've heard us right, 85%! During the past three weeks, you've assisted us in raising $6,401.00 of our $7,500.00 goal. We are beyond confident, that with the hard work of our members and your wonderful support in the last 12 days of our fundraiser, we'll reach our goal. We are beyond excited and we hope that you can share this excitement by sharing our updates and donating if and when possible.

Another way to help our team this week is to come to our Silent Auction on Thursday, February 23rd hosted by the Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action (of which our team is a part of). The event will take place from 12:30-4:30pm in the Common Ground (10th floor, Walker Building, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA) and will be a great chance to bid on unique prizes for a good cause. It's going to be a great time, so be sure that no one misses out. And SPREAD THE WORD! We hope to see you there!!!

Now, I'm sure you are all excited to get to know the team and hear why they're going to El Paso in the first place. Below you'll see all our team's radiant faces, along with a brief description as to why they're involved in Bridging Borders. Enjoy!


  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at 01:40 AM (EDT)

HOLA!!!!!!! We are excited to report that we have raised 72% off our goal prior to going into our last 15 days of fundraising. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? We made it more than half the way and we cannot lose momentum now peeps! We are asking you all to continue supporting our campaign by spreading the word, reading our updates, and contributing what you can.

PLEASE CONTINUE SENDING SUPPORT OUR WAY, so that we can reach our final goal for our service immersion experience in El Paso. We have the utmost appreciation for your support of our campaign and our dedication to human rights. Tother, we are proving that when people work together for a common cause, we can succeed! 

Here are some overall figures to help you guys understand how far we've come in all our fundraising and where we are looking to go in the last half of our campaign:

Total needed to fundraise: $15,211.80

Current fundraising total: $11,207.01 (73.7%)!

Amount left to fundraise: $4,004.79 (26.3%) <----- THIS IS WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH, WITH YOUR HELP WE KNOW THAT WE CAN AND WILL! 

As mentioned in our previous post we have our Silent Auction approaching fast. It will be held next Thursday, February 23rd in the Common Ground of Walker 10. The El Paso ASB team will welcome the Emerson community for the ASB Silent Auction event to bid on great prizes, build community, and support this impactful service learning effort. 

Once again, thank you all for your continued efforts to back this campaign and we ask that you hang with us for this last stretch in order to build this impactful educational experience, building a bridge between two communities: El Paso and Boston! 

Please enjoy this video of a local organization (Centro Santa Catalina) in El Paso, Texas: a community group of woman who use sewing as a mechanism to enhance, implement, inspire, and preserve the culture of Mexico that resides in El Paso. 

Bienvenidos a la Segunda Ronda 

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at 12:12 AM (EDT)


¡Hola! We've accomplished our first round goal of $4,500.00, once again this was only possible because of your help. Our group members are extremely thankful for all the support we've received.  We have now entered our second round of donations, and as mentioned before, our goal is to reach $7,500.00. Our campaign will end in just 19 days, and we are more than confident that the displayed success will continue in order to assist in turning this experience into a reality.  So we ask that you share the news of our campaign and continue to donate when and if possible.

We'd like to give a special shout out to Max Dobens, who was responsible for getting us over our first round goal. Way to go Max!

In addition to the continued donations, we ask that you continue to keep an eye out for upcoming events/fundraisers pertaining to Emerson College's Alternative Spring Break team. Our Silent Auction which will be on the date of Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 12:30am-5:00pm in Common Ground, Walker Building is another great way to support our group. GET EXCITED!!!

As part of preparation for the journey to El Paso, Texas, our students get together every Thursday for a course that pertains to immigration and activism. For the upcoming week, we read an article concerning the proposed wall and the effects it will have on communities near the border, like El Paso. If you'd like to learn a bit more and join the conversation, you can find the link below:

Before the Wall: Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Each member that makes up our group joined this program for reasons specific to them. Each member has a story, a desire, an experience, or a drive that pushes them towards activism and implementing change. José A. Ramírez Barceló is one of the students journeying to El Paso, TX, and this is why: 

The Great Wall of America..... That Doesn't Sound Right? 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at 02:26 AM (EDT)

Hey there folks, we are just 5% away from accomplishing our first-round end goal of $4,500.00. Do you guys think you can help push us this last five percent by the end of the week? I think so! Because once again, we couldn't have done it without the amazing help of you all and your donations. We are extremely proud of the support we have garnered and we're beyond excited. As mentioned before, we will enter the second-round, where our group hopes to accomplish $7,500.00. This is not an impossible feat, and we ask that you all continue to spread the word about our efforts to fund the journey that will allow us to bring back word of immigration to our communities, as we attempt to educate people about the issues surrounding this all encompassing topic. 

Again, we remind you all that this Thursday, February 9th at Blaze Pizza from 4:30-7:30pm we are hosting a fundraiser in which 20% of your purchase will be donated to our campaign by the restaurant. All you need to do is show up with the flyer (posted in our previous update, and on our Facebook page) and your automatic participation will lend itself to the fundraiser. Besides, who doesn't love a good slice of pizza? 

This week we want to share a video with you detailing the expansive territory made up of various land types, all coming together to define the Mexican-American border. The border between the United States and Mexico is 1,954 miles, between this imaginary line that divides the two nations we have communities that depend on one another. Between this imaginary line we have people who travel back and forth. Take a look at this land and imagine a wall, but more importantly imagine the repercussions of that wall. 

Delving Deeper Into the Power of Positive Thinking  

  Published on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 11:42 PM (EDT)


It's true, you read that right! Because of the amazing donations on behalf of our wonderful supporters and the effort put in by the members of our group, our campaign has managed to raise $3,755.00 of our $4,500.00 goal. We are beyond excited by the funds we've solicited so far and only have high hopes for the next 26 days. 

At the foundation of our campaign sits the potential experience we will have in El Paso, Texas surrounding our work with the community and the knowledge we seek about immigration. We are elated by our successes so far, and we ask that you continue to share the news of our Bridging Borders: Emerson ASB 2017 campaign in order to get us to our next goal of $7,500.00. We are all witnesses to the amazing supporters we have behind us, and have no doubt that moving forward our efforts to make this a reality will be met with positive results. 

One way to help our team this week, in addition to your continued donations, you can come out this Thursday (February 9) to participate in our Blaze Pizza Fundraiser. Our group has partnered with the local restaurant in order to help boost proceeds for our journey. By coming out to Blaze Pizza (located: 123 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116) from 4:30-7:30 PM and presenting our flyer, 20% of your purchase will be donated to our campaign, so SPREAD. THE. WORD. AND COME ENJOY SOME PIZZA!! (SEE THE FLYER BELOW FOR DETAILS). 

Take a look at the video below detailing issues that undocumented individuals in our country face because of their status. Some of the communities we will visit in El Paso can relate to the voices and confessions heard in this video. Learn about the struggles that good people deal with day-in and day-out, and find out why it is so important our team understand this issue, so that we can help move our communities towards talk & reformative action. 

Ayúdanos A Convertir Este Trayecto En Realidad  

  Published on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at 02:35 AM (EDT)

Help turn our experience into a reality (:

¡Hola! Emerson's Alternative Spring Break group has now launched our Bridging Borders Campaign, GET EXCITED PEOPLE!! 

This year our 11 member group is traveling to El Paso, Texas for the fourth year in a row in the hopes of addressing, understanding, and discussing topics surrounding immigration. In order to help make our experience a reality we must raise $4,500.00 in 29 days!!! We need all the help we can get. 

Our first weekly goal is $1,500.00. We would like to achieve this in the next 7 days and with your help, we can! 

Each member of our group has joined the team for reasons that are dear to them. On our campaign's page you can read the stories of the different individuals and why it is they have joined the ASB program. As mentioned above, immigration is not just something that affects humans outside our borders, instead it is a topic that is central to the fabric of American society. Below you can find a video of one of our members welcoming you to our campaign. We hope that you find it in your hearts to help us in our efforts to educate our communities and you share this info with as many people as you can reach. Thank you all! 

Rafael Trujillo

Gave $10.00

Richard Foulk

Gave $25.00

Kaustav Mitra

Gave $100.00

Daniel Fitts

Gave $25.00

Amanda Tarbet

Gave $25.00

Goutam Ghosh

Gave $50.00


Gave $600.00

Ilina Ghosh

Gave $5.00

Sheila Damkoehler

Gave $25.00

Jan Roberts Breslin

Gave $250.00

Miranda Banks

Gave $20.00

Isabel Thottam

Gave $100.00

Rongxin Liu

Gave $50.00

Mary Higgins

Gave $200.00

Alexandra Dade

Gave $10.00

tamia jordan

Gave $50.00

Phillip Glenn

Gave $100.00

Carol Hobin

Gave $50.00

robert amelio

Gave $100.00

Chloe Jankowitz

Gave $15.00

suzanne hinton

Gave $200.00

Jenna Leggette

Gave $50.00

Robert Fleming

Gave $100.00

Nadine Milton

Gave $20.00

Theresa and Bob White

Gave $50.00

Mishelle Martin

Gave $50.00

Jon Honea

Gave $100.00

Jennifer Greer-Morrissey

Gave $25.00

Prabha Amaresan

Gave $100.00

Ilse Damkoehler

Gave $50.00

James and Jami Blocker

Gave $50.00

Maura Gattuso

Gave $50.00

Diane Tarbet

Gave $100.00

Staci Gawne

Gave $25.00

Steven Balmer

Gave $25.00

Jodi Schmidt

Gave $100.00

Dara Bayer

Gave $25.00

Raaji Alagappan

Gave $100.00

Nancy Howell

Gave $10.00

Dale & Judy Venturini

Gave $100.00

Liona Venturini

Gave $50.00

Michelle Claas

Gave $25.00

Ying Yang

Gave $10.00

Andrea Pascoe-Conteen

Gave $100.00

Marie Russell

Gave $40.00

Frank Pascoe

Gave $50.00

Roger Kent

Gave $100.00

Julianna Canabal

Gave $5.00

Marlane Melican

Gave $300.00

Mani Mariappan

Gave $100.00


Gave $25.00

michelle seaver

Gave $100.00

Kelly Behun

Gave $100.00

Francisco Chiriboga

Gave $50.00

Elizabeth Gateley

Gave $250.00

Tami Rovall

Gave $50.00

Cindy Rodríguez

Gave $50.00

Scott Feschuk

Gave $150.00

Anthony Hassan

Gave $5.00

Katie Grindeland

Gave $25.00

Xingyao Liu

Gave $25.00

Zhongmou Sun

Gave $50.00

Scott Gurian

Gave $50.00

Nik Sushka

Gave $25.00

Angela Martano

Gave $5.00

Shiying Chen

Gave $25.00

Matthew Racz

Gave $50.00

Angelika Romero

Gave $25.00

Ashley Medlar

Gave $10.00

Caitlin Bueller

Gave $25.00

David Griffin

Gave $50.00

Ashley Tarbet DeStefano

Gave $50.00

Paul Racz

Gave $5.00

18 supporters have chosen not to be listed for "Bridging Borders: Emerson ASB 2017".

Make an Impact

Aficionado (Fan)

Give $5

Fans come in all sizes, and supporting us at his level shows that you’re a fan of our program!

Cocinero (Cook)

Give $10

Supporting our campaign at the Cocinero level provides one meal to a team member, helping to keep us energized for our long days of work.

Maestro (Teacher)

Give $25

Supporting our campaign at the Maestro level provides one team member access to educational programs in El Paso that will foster a better understanding of community challenges and their root causes.

Viajero (Traveler)

Give $50

Supporting our team at the Viajero level fills our gas tank for travel throughout El Paso to continue learning from the community.

Huésped (Host)

Give $100

Supporting our team at the Huésped level covers one night of housing for the entire team at the local community center, immersing us deeper within the community in El Paso.

Cosechero (Harvester)

Give $300

Supporting us at the Cosechero level transports our team's gear along with clothing donations collected for our community partners in El Paso.

Patrocinador (Sponsor)

Give $600

Your generous support at the Patrocinador level sponsors roundtrip airfare for one student to participate in this impactful experience.