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Alternative Break Board

Mission Statement

Georgia Southern University’s Alternative Break Board strives to create a community of active citizens by empowering students to make a global impact through life-changing service opportunities.

What We Do

The Alternative Break Board is focused on broadening and expanding the number and scope of Alternative Breaks offered. Student leaders assume primary leadership for this initiative including identifying sites, raising funds, identifying faculty/staff partners, and developing pre-break education and post-break reflection. Positions on the Alternative Break Board are reserved for students who have participated in at least one Alternative Break experience at Georgia Southern.

The 2019-2020 Alternative Break Board
(not pictured: Rachel Taylor)

2020-2021 Alternative Break Board

Cordelia Martin: Team Lead

Hi everyone! I’m Cordelia Martin and am a senior Criminal Justice and Criminology major. I serve as the first Team Lead for the AB Board!

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because helping others is something I have always valued and loved doing! I think it’s important that we feed into our community through hard work and good service. If you live in a community you should love that community and give back to it and that’s what I strive to do in every community I live in or visit!

Mara Wheat: Education Chair

Hi everyone! My name is Mara and I am a senior fashion merchandising and apparel design student and the education chair on the Alternative Breaks Board!

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because I genuinely think serving others makes such a difference in this world! Volunteering for an organization or serving a community is one of the best feelings you will ever have. It is so important to step out of your comfort zone and be able to talk about pressing issues. The Alternative Breaks Program is a great way for you to submerge yourself into volunteer work and help combat social issues!

Caleb Parker: Marketing Chair

Hey! My name is Caleb and I am a junior Marketing major and the Marketing Chair on the Alternative Break Board.

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because everyone deserves the same opportunity to succeed, no matter what walk of life they come from. Through service, we can learn about and appreciate groups of people that live vastly different lives from us, and help them achieve their goals of happiness and prosperity while maintaining their cultures. Service is also an amazing way to develop great memories and relationships with those in other communities, as well as your own peers. You’ll never forget an Alternative Break!


Destiny McLean: Fundraising Chair

Hello, I am a senior Food and Nutrition Science major and I currently serve as a Fundraising Chair for the Alternative Break Board. 

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because I am in a position to help. I’ve always had a passion for helping others and the program has allowed me to do that and so much more! It feels good to know you are making a difference in the lives of others.


Hope Parris: Fundraising Chair

Hey all, I’m Hope Parris, a sophomore Exercise Science major and I serve as one of the Fundraising Chairs for the Alternative Break Board. 

#Ibreakforsocialjustice I love serving others to be able to see the impact whether it be big or small that is being made within the lives of others. It also allows us to better ourselves and step out of our comfort zone while bettering others as well.

Sarah Martinez: Site Coordinator

Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, a junior biology major, and I serve as a site coordinator for the Alternative Break Board

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because I believe every individual deserves to be treated equally, and should have opportunities and resources available that can allow them to live a happy and healthy life. I’ve always had a heart for community service because it’s a great mix of learning to step outside of my comfort zone to help and connect with others, while also allowing those experiences to help me grow as an individual.


Iliassou Diallo: Site Coordinator

Hello Eagles! My name is Iliassou Diallo, a senior Public Health major and I serve as a site coordinator for the Alternative Break Board

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because those without voices need advocates. Service is always needed and appreciated in every community. The knowledge of knowing you can contribute to the betterment of your communities is beneficial to both you, the ones you’ve aided, & the ones who will come after you.


Kelly Harrington: Recruitment Chair

What’s up, everyone! My name is Kelly Harrington, a senior Biology major and I serve as one of the Recruitment Chairs for the Alternative Break Board.

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because volunteering is a great way to not only help improve the community, but also learn how you can reflect and improve yourself! There is not a wrong way to volunteer and help people which makes it so easy for anyone to help out and volunteer! Either on large scale or small scale every little thing helps.


LaVauria Brown: Recruitment Chair

I am Lava for short, and I am a senior pre-medicine chemistry major. My dad is in the military so I’ve lived in a total of 8 different places, but lived the longest in South Korea.

#Ibreakforsocialjustice because in the future I hope to become a cardiologist and I spend my time in college helping as many as possible to prepare for my future in the health field! A huge part of the medical field is helping others without asking for anything in return.


Rachel Whitman: Alternative Break Board Advisor

Hey all, I’m Rachel Whitman and I am a 2nd year Clinical Psychology graduate student. I currently serve as the advisor to the Alternative Break Board and the Alternative Breaks Graduate Assistant.

#Ibreakforsocialjustice for the betterment of the world we live in. Alternative Breaks allows students to engage with communities in actions; then reflect on how those experiences affect their day-to-day lives.


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Last updated: 9/25/2020