The Alternative Spring Break in Dominican Republic is a service trip organized by the Center for Latino Arts and Culture with the partnership of Melassa Foundation in Dominican Republic and the Department of Latino Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. The trip is accompanied by a course taught by Professor Carlos U. Decena PhD., who currently teaches at Rutgers University.
This credit-bearing educational experience, an Alternative Spring Break, will introduce students to some of the important issues, organizations, and actors promoting the work of social change in the Dominican Republic. A wide range of daily activities will be complemented by evening sessions encouraging all students to reflect critically on their experience, discuss, and debate the meanings of inequality and social change, and begin to think of themselves as agents of social transformation. The experience will include a visit to organizations in the Haitian/Dominican border as well as interaction with the Center for Gender Studies at INTEC and other social justice organizations. Each student devotes the last day of our stay in the Dominican Republic to the development of a small project. Because the main learning goal of this activity is to illustrate the various faces of social change and to encourage students to imagine themselves as agents of social transformation, only students serious about the educational dimension of this experience are accepted to the class.
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