Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Alternative Recess Participant

Explore an issue important to the Houston community over your fall or spring recess!

Spring 2019 Alternative Recess

Registration is now open for the Fall 2019 Alternative Recess trips! Click here to register.

Alternative Recess combines the Houston-based focus of the Center for Civic Leadership's Urban Immersion program with the social-issue focus of the Alternative Spring Break program.  Over the course of Rice's fall and spring recess periods, site leaders and participants will engage in education, critical service, and reflection to gain a deeper understanding of a social issue and its impact on Houstonians. Trips are co-created by the Center for Civic Leadership and Rice faculty to deepen the academic integration of the experience. 

The Fall 2019 Alternative Recess offers two trips to choose from:

Civic Engagement and Criminal Justice explores the questions of what it means to participate as a citizen in society, how the criminal justice system impedes this participation, and how education can open avenues for active citizenship. On this trip you’ll learn about complex issues like the school to prison pipeline, pipeline, access to education in prisons, collateral civic consequences and disenfranchisement, and how to work with organizations to advocate for policy reform.

Water Equity and Access is an issue that impacts 2 billion people worldwide, including right here in Houston. The Houston area is home to more than 1,200 different drinking water providers, with many discrepancies in service, price, and safety. This Alternative Recess trip will explore the issue in depth, the impact on individuals and communities, and steps being taken to address it.

Date Held:  Fall Recess, Sunday October 13th - Tuesday October 15th 

Funding: There is a $50 refundable registration fee to participate in Alternative Recess. This fee will be refunded after the program. Additionally, the CCL offers financial aid for students who may need it to register for the program.

Contact:   Shawn Reagan, sr71@rice.edu / 713-348-2164