Panther Breakaway Winter 2014

Posted On January 26, 2015
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The office of Civic Engagement sponsored Panther Breakaway trips this winter where students visited cities in the southeast to engage in community service from December 17 – December 21, 2014. A group of students went to Memphis, Tenn. to study race relations and civil rights. The students focused on the history of the movement while visiting the National Civil Right Museum and Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Students also engaged in discussion regarding the recent headlines in the news involving African American rights and participated in volunteer projects involving Latino rights.

A second group of students went to Knoxville, Tenn. to study women’s issues. The students visited the Family Justice Center where they learned about victim response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Students received training from the Special Victims Unit of the Knoxville Police Department and attended hearings in Fourth Circuit Court during the domestic violence docket. After learning more about the hurdles victims face, students spent time volunteering in a domestic violence shelter to put theory into practice.

Are you interested in helping the community and looking for a way to get involved during spring break?

The office of Civic Engagement will be sending out 3 more Panther Breakaway trips from March 15 – March 21, 2015. Trip offerings include: Environmental Issues and Sustainability in Asheville, N.C., Urban Education in New Orleans, La. and Entrepreneurship and Business Management in the Non-Profit Sector in Orlando, Fla. Trips are $300 and are all inclusive.

For more information or to apply, contact Jennifer Bodnar or 404-413-1552.