2015-16 Alt Break ProgramThe 2015-16 Alt Break program engaged students in expanding their learning about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement -including visits to museums and historically significant sites in the South- and exploring contemporary struggles of power, privilege, and oppression. To extend their learning about racial inequality and criminal justice reform, Alt Breakers read the 2015 UW-Madison Go Big Read selection, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and reflected on connections to their Alternative Break experiences. They were encouraged to reflect on who they are, how they interact with others, how they view the world, and how to use their agency to make positive change. The Alt Breakers traveled through Tennessee and Alabama, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and visited sites of historic importance to the Civil Rights Movement. Featured on this trip was a visit to the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson’s organization. CAE coordinators and Alt Breakers carefully connected the students’ experiences to the UW-Madison Essential Learning Outcome of Personal and Social Responsibility, as a way to empower students to develop and practice their leadership voices and skills.