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Ashley Sitzman

Meet Ashley: a Hawkeye Service Team leader with Alternative Spring Break focused on public health. 

Area of study:

Public health, pre-nursing

Hometown, state:

Ames, Iowa

How did you get involved with Alternative Spring Break, and what has motivated you to stick around?

Last year, someone came and talked to a class I was in about Alternative Spring Break. It sounded like a great opportunity, so I applied and went on the Little Rock, Arkansas trip. I decided to lead a trip this year because of the great sense of community I found with Hawkeye Service Teams. I had such a positive service-learning experience from my first ASB trip that I wanted to ensure others could have the same amazing experience.

As a leader for the Dallas, Texas group, can you share a bit more about your leadership role and plans for the week?

Our trip has a public health focus so I have tried to incorporate some aspects of public health into our service and learning experiences. We will start our trip with a presentation by Dallas Country Health and Human Services to learn about public health in the Dallas community. Then we will work with the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas where we will teach a mini public health lesson. Additionally, we are partnering with Divine Kinship Urban Garden and AIDS Interfaith Network. Of course, we also made time for some cultural activities. We will explore the art of downtown Dallas, eat lunch at the Dallas Farmer's Market, and tour the Dallas Cowboy Stadium.

What has been your favorite memory, experience, or lessons learned working with Alternative Spring Break?

One thing that stands out to me about my ASB experience would be a quote I heard on my trip to Little Rock, Arkansas. We were talking with a person from the organization Children International when she said, "Children can't be what children can't see." It may seem like a simple quote, but it really resonated with me that children need to have positive role models in order to become the best they can be. I also really enjoyed working with Arkansas Children's Hospital last year, especially coloring with kids while they waited for their appointments.


Did you know each of the ASB teams present what they learn from their service trips after break? Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend -- presentations will be held April 1 from 5:30-7:30pm in the IMU!