Last month, a group of 11 students journeyed to New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in various community-service projects, explore historic sights and landmarks and learn about civic leadership.
Featured below are some photo highlights from the Alternative Breaks program, which was led by the newly established Community Engagement Collective and coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement. View more photos on Flickr.
In partnership with the nonprofit HandsOn, student participated in several neighborhood beautification projects in areas that are still recovering from hurricane damage. Among their many activities, they helped build an outdoor stage at an urban garden owned by Karl Washington, a mentor, coach, community leader and activist who has spearheaded the renewed spirit of the Sampson Park and Playground as well as the surrounding community.
Students pause for a snapshot while touring the city. Along the way, they visited a historical African American site in Belle Chasse, a region that was impacted by Hurricane Ida last August. Throughout their trip, they learned about the effects of systemic racism in areas that have been deeply impacted by hurricanes and floods.
While touring the Crescent City, the students visited the Black-owned art exhibit Studio Be, enjoyed a Preservation Hall jazz show and participated in an architecture tour around the Garden District.
Students wave hello as they make their way to their neighborhood beautification project.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the local beignet shop!
Visit the Center for Community Engagement website for more information about Alternative Breaks and other community service opportunities.