Alliance for Understanding (AU) is a program that provides students with the opportunity to explore the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Black and Jewish History in Civil Rights, as well as contemporary issues related to movement work.
- Join students as they explore the history of the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary Civil Rights issues together
- Participate in lectures, local trips, and discussions to strengthen your knowledge of social movement history, civil rights history, and the histories of Black and Jewish communities
- Bridge the gap between the past and the present as you visit four cities in the South during an alternative Spring Break trip
- Walk through history and meet the individuals who peopled the Civil Rights Movement
- Learn from others and deepen your self-understanding as we engage in daily reflection sessions and open discussions with your peers
- Become empowered to use your knowledge and resources to create social change
Successful applicants are required to participate in a retreat and a series of lectures and bonding activities prior to the trip. This is meant to provide the applicants with the foundation to get the most from the trip and their relationships with each other.
The AU program is open to all interested Penn students. Knowledge of Civil Rights history or Black/ Jewish issues is NOT necessary for participation in this program. All we ask is a genuine interest in the topic, a willingness to learn, and a desire to meet and build new and unique relationships.
Application Deadline: November 27, 2022 at midnight
Retreat: Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 2PM – 6PM at Greenfield Intercultural Center
- 1st lecture: January 29, 2023
- 2nd lecture: February 5, 2023
- 3rd lecture: February 12, 2023
- 4th lecture: February 19, 2023
- 5th lecture: February 26, 2023
Travel Dates: Sunday, March 5 – Friday, March 11, 2023
This program is a partnership between the Greenfield Intercultural Center, African American Resource Center, and Penn Hillel.