March 13, 2015
Texas Tech University's students will travel to Dallas and El Paso with Texas Tech's Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) March 16-20. These spring break trips are part of CALUE's Service Breaks program, which offers service projects and weeklong trips throughout the year.
El Paso participants will partner with Annunciation House, where they will be immersed in border culture and the realities of the people who live and work in the area. The goal of the trip is to raise consciousness about border issues such as immigration, economic development, human rights and social justice. Participants will spend time touring the border and talking with border control agents, visiting a federal courtroom and interacting with volunteers and migrants – hearing their stories and sharing meals.
In South Dallas, students will work with Crossroads Community Services to confront issues related to poverty and food insecurity. Participants will assist clients with shopping in the clothing closet, organizing the donations to be put into the clothing closet and working with clients to complete food orders in the food pantry.
"Service breaks allow students to appreciate the impact they can have throughout their lifetime," said Erin Justyna, assistant director for the CALUE. "As such, reflection is a major component of the trip. Students spend time in reflection every day to process what they have experienced and to consider how their experiences relate to their learning and lives as active citizens."
In December, 12 Texas Tech students and staff members traveled to San Antonio to build and renovate homes with Habitat for Humanity. This was the first trip of the new program developed by CALUE to facilitate hands-on and experimental learning for students and faculty.
CALUE is committed to supporting and increasing undergraduate participation in active learning at Texas Tech. The center serves as the centralized location for undergraduate students, faculty, staff and community organizations interested in participating in service learning, undergraduate research, professional internship and study abroad.