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Alternative Spring BreakASB Tuffy

Alternative Spring Break creates an opportunity for co-curricular involvement while embodying Volunteer Service Programs’ Four Pillars of Servant Leadership:

  • Service
  • Civic Engagement
  • Advocacy & Activism
  • Application of Academic Knowledge & Skills  

Studies have shown that the academic and personal development of students is greatly enhanced through experiential learning. Programs such as this provide students, faculty, and staff a chance to engage in selfless service and volunteerism in communities other than their own, domestically and internationally. Team building and the ability to work with a diverse group of their peers is essential to the experience.   We look forward to hearing about the difference that our Titan Community will make!  

ZOE NICHOLSON SPEAKS AT 11:00 A.M
on Monday, April 15th in Pavilion C.

Zoe Nicholson: Zoe has been speaking for over forty years, collecting wisdom stories and creating new experiences. Her presentation is dynamic, inspiring and, sometimes, controversial. Using her life as the platform, she takes the audience on a pilgrimage through civil rights, feminism, the LGBT movement and lands them on intersection of Equality and Hope.

Using her life as an example, Zoe Nicholson, Equality Activist, takes her audience on a pilgrimage through the evolution of her reaching for liberation. Starting with Liberation Theology, discovery of American Feminism, outspoken on LGBT Civil Rights, Zoe will land the audience at the complex intersection of EQUALITY.

Zoe shares her story, insights and hard won lessons about the life of an activist; addresses the principles of Gandhi, Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience as well as burnout, inspiration, balance and ethics. From civil rights, the ERA and LGBT, Zoe has fasted, marched, organized and rallied for social justice. At 63 Zoe will tell you she has not peaked yet as her life seems to be a steady climb.

ABRAHAM MEDINA SPEAKS AT 12:00 P.M.
on Tuesday, April 30th at the Humanities Quad

Abraham Medina: Abraham Medina is Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid. He arrived to the U.S. at age 7 and has lived in the Garden Grove/Santa Ana area since. He entered UCI in fall 2006, but with no financial aid, limited scholarship money, and not enough income to pay for school, he was forced to leave. He was just 19 at the time and did not plan to return to continue his education, but found his way back to school entering Santa Ana College in spring 2008.

Being back in Santa Ana provided Medina an opportunity to become involved in many community organizations, including El Centro Cultural de Mexico en Santa Ana, IDEAS of SAC, the Orange County Dream Team, Cop Watch, and the Orange County May Day Coalition. He helped start a youth group called Un Mundo En Resistencia (UMER) which joined with other youth and community groups in 2009 to organize the Upset the Setup Youth Conference at Santa Ana College. From there, Siempre Aprendiendo Pintar Obedeciendo (SAPO), a community mural collective was formed which has completed 4 community murals to date.
In fall 2009 Medina returned to UCI, graduating in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduation Medina was part of the first national DREAM Summer internship program and interned for UFCW Local 324 and the Orange County Labor Federation, helping organize the Orange County Assembly on Immigration in November 2011.

A spoken word artist, Medina was part of a youth writing program called Barrio Writes in 2009 and one of his poems, "I Still Have A Dream," was published in Barrio Writers, 1st Edition. Medina uses his poetry, which he regularly shares at El Centro's Open Mic Nights and other venues, not only as a means to express his inner feelings, but also as a way to share with others the experience of being undocumented in the U.S. Throughout the years, Medina has attended the Social Justice Summit, as part of UMER in 2009 (the poster still hangs on his wall), the Orange County Dream Team, and Musica en Resistencia. One day he plans to be a Sociology professor at Santa Ana College.