A Leader in Alternative Breaks

For the third year in a row, Rollins is ranked No. 1 for highest percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks.

During an Immersion trip to Gainesville in January, students helped build raised garden beds for Porter’s Community Farm. (Photo by Scott Cook) During an Immersion trip to Gainesville in January, students helped build raised garden beds for Porter’s Community Farm. (Photo by Scott Cook)

This month, Rollins College was ranked No. 1 for highest percentage of breakers on campus according to Break Away’s 2014–15 National Chapter Survey. This is the third consecutive year that Rollins ranked No. 1 in this category. Other colleges and universities in the top 10 reporting schools include Cornell College, Rice University, Elon University, and Bowdoin College. There are 163 reporting chapter schools this year.

Break Away is a national nonprofit organization that promotes quality alternative break programs, which are trips where groups of college students provide volunteer services while focusing on social issues.

Rollins organizes its alternative breaks through the Immersion: Citizens Take Action program. This past year, the College organized 20 Immersions that addressed issues such as homelessness, poverty, education, cultural preservation, immigration and fair labor, the environment and sustainability, and natural disaster relief.

Break Away listed the Rollins Immersion experience, Let’s Talk about Sex: Exploring Gender Misrepresentation in the Mass Media, as one of the National Chapter Survey’s most innovative issues. During this Immersion, which took place in October, students explored origins and practices of gender norms and they partnered with nonprofit organizations to better understand issues and statistics related to concepts of femininity and masculinity. They visited places such as the Ronald McDonald House to learn about the rise of eating disorders among boys and the headquarters of the Girl Scouts of America to learn about strong female leadership roles.

To learn more about Immersion and upcoming trips, visit the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement.