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4. Embracing the Differences
No two people are the same. We all have our thoughts, language, religion, ideology, and beliefs. As student
affairs practitioners we must know that it is okay to disagree; whether your ideas are the majority or minority,
they should be respected and valued.
5. Bias
In the workplace, we have to call out the bologna when it happens. There must be a zero-tolerance policy and
accountability when those behaviors that are unacceptable happen.
6. Celebrate Diversity
Need I say more?! No matter what your political beliefs, language, religious preference, gender, sexuality,
race, ethnicity, height, abilities, or anything else, we must ensure that we celebrate all people because everyone
belongs and should feel that they are valued.
7. Sympathy and Empathy
Put yourself in another person's shoes. How does it look and feel when you are the only ____ person in your
department? What can you do to support someone in this space? How do you communicate with your peers or
leadership when you do not see representation of you in divisional or departmental leadership?
No matter what one may say, I cannot leave my identities outside my office door. I am coming into any position
with my suitcase and unpacking what I need throughout the day. No, you did not hire me for a job, but for the
experiences I have had to prepare me for the role you want me to succeed in.

One Week in March: Experiential Learning through
Housing-sponsored Alternative Break
Bree Gates, University of Mississippi
Service. Learning. Adventure. These three little words sparked an immensely fulfilling journey for the
University of Mississippi Department of Student Housing that is still going strong after four years. In 2015 after
noticing that our university did not offer an alternative break option, a housing graduate assistant put together
a proposal for the department to sponsor a service-learning spring break experience for the students that live in
our communities. The idea was to give undergraduate students the adventure of a lifetime packed into one week
and in March 2016, Alternative Break was born.
Like many other universities, we have students who have traveled the world living alongside students who
have never left our state. With this in mind, we spent a lot of time talking about how we wanted to craft this
experience for our students. Collaboration with non-profit organizations in whatever city we are visiting was
a must, but we also wanted students to unplug, to rejuvenate, and to really connect with themselves and one
another. We landed on the idea of combining two worlds: the great outdoors meets the big city. Structurally,
we decided to spend one half of the week in a national park camping (yes, in tents with sleeping bags and
campfires, and compostable toilets), hiking, partnering with park rangers to do whatever they need to be done in
the park prior to their peak season, and learning about the national park service. The other half of the week, we
move into a city, stay in a hostel, partner with local non-profits, and really learn about the specific needs in the
community they serve. We also decided we wanted a faculty member to be a part of the experience: not to teach
anything specific but to enjoy the opportunity to connect with students in ways not usually possible inside the
classroom. Our travel team was comprised of a faculty member, a professional housing staff member, a secondyear housing graduate student, a first-year housing graduate student, and the undergraduate residential students.
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