Cornell students take “alternative breaks”

This spring break, students from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, traveled across the country for an intensive week of volunteer work with organizations that focus on issues they feel passionate about.

Six students dedicated their time to improve gender-based violence issues with Women Helping Women in Cincinnati, where they mostly worked on projects to help upgrade facilities. The entire group went through survivor-advocacy training to support clients that may come into contact with and be better educated about the issues this organization is addressing.

“One of the things I love about service of any sort is that one always grows as a person if it is done correctly,” says David DeMoss, ’19, who is leading the Cincinnati trip. “Service is something that is too often heralded as something that people do as an extra way of giving back to the community and world; but for me, I firmly believe that service and healthy, respectful advocacy should be a continuous, never-ending essential part of any human’s life. It shouldn’t be heralded, it should be normalized.”

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