October 22, 2010

Taking a meaningful break

Removing invasive plants on Cumberland Island

Office of Multicultural Programs and Services fall retreat

While some students chose to spend their fall break back home or squeezing in one last vacation before the holidays, others spent it in an alternative way.

This fall break Volunteer Emory sent three separate groups on service trips to United Way Montgomery, Cumberland Island National Park and Terra Perma Farms in Canton.

Harold McNaron, coordinator of Volunteer Emory, says, “Each year, Volunteer Emory plans alternative fall break trips that provide meaningful service-learning experiences for students.

Through these intensive experiences, students learn about local and regional causes while meeting community-identified needs and building community within their teams.”

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services and The Provost's Office of Community and Diversity sponsored different trips giving Emory students the opportunity to give back to the community and develop inter-cultural student interactions.

Donna Wong, director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, says, “The purpose is to bring diverse students together to exchange across cultures and form new friendships and networks for community building at Emory.”

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