March 14, 2012

Sustainable Spring Break

Hamline students are on spring break, but for many the week won't be a break from hard work.

For more than ten years, students have traveled to New Orleans to volunteer in communities in need and learn more about issues of sustainability, social justice, faith, and poverty. The work took on new urgency and deeper meaning following Hurricane Katrina.

Hamline's Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice has offered two separate service trips to the city. One focused on issues of environmental justice and partnered with green organizations to rebuild homes using sustainable principles and resources. Students in the second group also helped in the rebuilding effort, but engaged with different communities of faith in order to understand how they came together following the disaster.

“These people still love living in the Big Easy,” Matt Petersen, an environmental studies and English double major, said. “They’re not giving up on New Orleans, so how could we?”

Hear from the students who went on these trips and see them at work in the video below. Find out about the other Catalyst service experiences offered through Hamline. .