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									  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
  CAMPUS LIFE AND LEADERSHIP
  BERKELEY • DAVIS • IRVINE • LOS ANGELES • MERCED • RIVERSIDE • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO                          SANTA BARBARA • SANTA CRUZ


  CAL CORPS PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER
  505 ESHLEMAN HALL, #4550
  BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA 94720-4550
  TEL 510.642.3916 FAX 510.643.0326

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  Contact Information: Tra Pham, Communications Director, Alternative Breaks
  Phone: 623-341-6816 (home and cell); Fax: 510-643-0326

  Alternative Contact: Mike Bishop, Assistant Director, Cal Corps Public Service Center
  Work Phone: 510-642-3916; Fax: 510-643-0326
  Website: http://publicservice.berkeley.edu

  UC Berkeley Students Engage in Service Over Spring Break in New Orleans, Tijuana, the Central Valley
  and and Campo Kumeyaay
  Berkeley, CA – March 2009

  Fifty two UC Berkeley students in the Cal Corps Public Service Center’s Alternative Breaks program will
  participate in four student-led service trips to underserved communities in California and Louisiana from March
  21st to March 27st, each focusing on social issues specific to their host communities.

  Alternative Breaks at UC Berkeley started in 2001 as a way for students to immerse themselves in unfamiliar
  communities, examining socioeconomic issues that are weaved into and affect the lives of everyday people.
  Students dedicate their spring break providing service to diverse communities, integrating service, education, and
  reflection, creating personal connections to the issues they explore. Most importantly, the program encourages
  students to take the experiences from these brief trips and continue to engage in social action in their own
  communities, coinciding with Cal Corps’ mission of leadership and civic engagement through service in
  developing student and community relations.

  Two trips focus in communities specific to California. The Campo Kumeyaay trip hopes to bring awareness to
  the disparities and break down stereotypes that give rise to the misrepresentation of Native American
  communities. On the other hand, the Central Valley trip will examine the infringement of human rights upon
  migrant farm workers, partnering with the United Farm Workers to explore the significance of their contribution
  to agriculture, in continuation of the Cesar Chavez Project.

  The dual nature of the San Diego-Tijuana trip partners students with Casa Misionera in La Morita, Tijuana, and
  Casa Familiar in San Diego, examining issues endemic to the border from both sides to gain a deeper
  understanding of the divide between Mexico and the US.

  Students going to New Orleans will examine government policies and community action that has taken place
  post-Katrina by collaborating with Common Ground Relief and other community leaders. Student leader
  Catherine Nguyen wants to “emphasize the importance of working with a community, rather than working for a
  community, which is essential to building better communities.”

  The issues that the four trips will explore are much more complicated than a mere seven days can attempt to
  deconstruct. However, as student leader Adilene Lopez Valenzuela states, “I believe that an alternative break can
  inspire students to internalize the struggles of those at the fringes of society and propel them to take actions that
  will help those whose voices are not readily heard.”
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