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12th Annual CSULB Alternative Spring Break


In the spring of 2006 inspired by the vision of students from the American Marketing Association, CSULB students, staff and faculty answered the call to assist with efforts to rebuild the thousands of houses in the Gulf region affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Now in its twelfth year, the Alternative Spring Break program has grown and offers CSULB two service learning experiences.  Both teams will travel to the New Orleans, LA, for two different service learning experiences.

We will depart the Beach for the Bayou on Sunday, March 26th and return on Saturday, April 1st.  The cost to students selected to participate will be $325.  This will cover all necessary expenses (i.e. air and ground transportation, lodging, and most meals). 

Course Requirements

University 300I Special topics: Politics of Disaster
* Course fills the GE Capstone 1 D2 Human Diversity and Writing Intensive requirements
Spring meeting time: Mon & Wed 9:30 AM -10:45 AM
Professor:  Dr. Dennis López

The course will examine one of the most important events of our lives: Hurricane Katrina and its impact upon the Gulf Coast and the rest of the nation, with a particular emphasis upon the city of New Orleans. Members of this learning community will acquire a complex understanding of Hurricane Katrina not just as a severe meteorological event, but as a political, economic, and social event with very real implications for what is arguably the most unique city in America.

University 300I Special topics: Politics of Community Responsive Forensic Science
* Course fills the GE Capstone 1 D2 Human Diversity Intensive writing requirements
Spring meeting time: Tue & Thur 9:00-10:15(still pending)
Professor:  Elana Quinones-Conant

Forensic science has become a popular topic in mainstream entertainment but rarely is it portrayed accurately.  This course is designed to give students an accurate forensic science experience that not only includes scientific inquiry but also explores the greater relevance forensic science plays in our Community and World.  Students will work on various forensic science related projects (cases) and then will share gained knowledge and use it as a platform for the discussion in partnership with local community of New Orleans.

Application Process

  1. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, October 24th.  Click the "APPLY NOW!" button above to submit your application.
  2. One RECOMMENDATION FORM completed by a CSULB faculty, staff, or administrator must be submitted no later than Midnight on Wednesday, October 26th. The Recommendation Form can be turned in to the Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215, faxed to (562) 985-5683, or emailed to

Students will be selected through a competitive process.   Priority consideration is given to graduating seniors. Those selected will be notified by November 2nd

Where will we stay:

We will be housed at one of the many volunteer centers in New Orleans, a short distance from the French Quarters. Most meals will be eaten at the volunteer center. Hot breakfast and cold cereals are served in the mornings. You will pack your lunch in the morning to take to the work site. Dinner, New Orleans meals, following the work day will also take place at the volunteer center.  A vegetarian option is available each day.