Alternative Spring Break: New Orleans, Louisiana


ASB 2018: New Orleans, Louisiana

The goal of ASB is to examine trends in race, ethnicity, class, and gender that shape and reshape diversity in the United States. Participants will not only provide a week of service, but will also examine the social dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender, and how they influence institutional structures, social issues and policy, and the possibilities for social change. This year’s trip will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana over spring break to explore the intersections of culture, history, and economics.

Students can expect to:

  • examine trends (e.g. demographic, historical, legal) in race, ethnicity, class, and gender that shape and reshape diversity in New Orleans.
  • study issues of social injustice and economic inequality that emerge from and also influence these trends.
  • critically examine the systems of power and privilege used to exploit and control varying segments of US citizens.
  • locate yourself in a multicultural society and thoughtfully consider (and reconsider) what you think and how you act toward “others”
  • explore and discard stereotypes of “others” and yourself
  • develop a responsible position toward social justice issues and public policy

Below are few expectations that we have established for those participating in the alternative winter break program:

  1. Students will pay a $650 fee which will be used towards expenses involved in creating this trip.
  2. Active participation in meetings, between November and February.
  3. Complete and active participation in service projects while on the trip and prior to travel.
  4. Adhere to all Wagner College policies.
  5. Alcohol is not permitted in any hostels, hotels or lodges, while on the trip, regardless of age.
  6. Students who violate local, state or federal laws or Wagner College’s code of conduct while on this trip, will be subject to the campus student conduct process upon return to campus.
  7. Students will participate in a post trip symposium.
  8. Maintain a positive attitude and the willingness take risks and learn.


The outbound flight will leave LaGuardia on March 3 at 9:45am and arrive in New Orleans at 12:45pm. The return flight will leave New Orleans on March 10 at 5:10pm and return to LaGuardia at 9:11pm.All students must fly with group from NYC to NOLA.  We will arrange for transport from Wagner to the airport.  The College will provide all program-related ground travel in NOLA.


We will stay on the Marquette House hostel. We will have access to a refrigerator and communal meeting space during the trip.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please highlight why you are interested in participating in the program, what social issue(s) you have a personal interest in examining and what you hope to be able to bring back to the campus as a result of your participation in this experience. All materials are due to Union 214 or Union 225 by Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

By submitting this application you agreeing that you understand the following:

  • Students are responsible to pay (or fund raise) $700 by February 9, 2018.
  • Students will participate in all pre-travel workshops, fund raisers and a post-trip symposium.
  • Students will be responsible for ground transportation to and from the airport in New York.
  • Students will adhere to all College polices.

Program Advisors

  • Maggie Cross, Director of the Office of Co-Curricular Programs
  • Sidiq Souelmana, Assistant Director for the Center for Intercultural Advancement

Important information about travel to Ghana

Travel Documents

Valid Passport

Click HERE to read about Alternative Winter Break 2017: Accra, Ghana

Click HERE to read about Alternative Winter Break 2018: Maun, Botswana