The University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Service Breaks program exists to promote service learning, social justice, and community building to University of Iowa students through a service break experience.
The University of Iowa is a member of Break Away, the nonprofit organization that promotes the development of quality alternative break programs. Visit their website to learn more about the national movement toward active citizenship.
All students who wish to join a Hawkeye Service Breaks team must enroll in the corresponding 3 s.h. service-learning course (LS:1024) for the Spring semester. This is a 10 week course that meets in person for 1 hour 15 minutes once per week in addition to a weekly online module.
Enrollment for Spring 2020 will begin in Fall 2019, according to students' specified course registration dates. This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Students will participate in the overnight service immersion experience from March 14-19, 2020 (spring break) in their designated team location as part of the course requirements.
The final presentations for the course will occur on Monday, April 6 from 5:00 - 6:15 pm and Tuesday, April 7 from 12:30 - 1:45 pm in the Iowa Memorial Union and are open to the public.
To cover most costs associated with this trip (travel, lodging, meals, activities, etc.), the course includes a $175 fee. A limited number of need-based fee waivers are available.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: Center for Diversity & Enrichment, College of Education Teacher Leader Center, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, Food Pantry at Iowa, Nonprofit Leadership & Philanthropy Certificate, Dance Marathon, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Tippie College of Business, UI Center for Advancement, University of Iowa Student Government, and Women in Science & Engineering. We are grateful for these wonderful campus partners!
To donate to the Hawkeye Service Breaks through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, please direct your gift to the VPSL Directed Gift Fund and specify it should be given to the Hawkeye Service Breaks.
If you have any questions about the Hawkeye Service Breaks, or if you are interested in participating as a faculty/staff member, please email us!
The 2020 Hawkeye Service Breaks teams will travel to 12 different locations and work with nearly 40 nonprofit partners during spring break (March 14-19, 2020).
The 2019 Hawkeye Service Teams traveled to 13 different locations and worked with nearly 50 nonprofit partners during March 16-21, 2019. Learn more by viewing their final projects in the links below!
Hawkeye Service Teams traveled to 16 different cities for service trips over spring break in March 2018. The focus areas included LGBTQ+ Rights, Youth Health Education, Urban Development, Criminal Justice Reform, Immigration, The Arts, Youth Education, Children's Health, Public Health, Racial Justice, Housing, Education Equity, Food Justice, and Economic Disparity.
The Hawkeye Service Team program is a service-learning based experience open to students. The inaugural international program occurred May 15 - June 2, 2018 in the Dominican Republic. Students engaged in service activities, visited local government offices, nonprofits, and organizations already working in the community.
The 2017 Hawkeye Service Teams traveled on 12 Alternative Spring Break trips and worked with 50 community partners during March 11-16, 2017. Learn more by viewing their final project and partners!
Students participating in the Hawkeye Service Team will enroll in this academic course. This course is an introduction to theoretical approaches to service learning and shared experiential learning. The class component includes concepts of intersectionality of varied social and community issues, reflection and reciprocity, active citizenship and community building, practical implementation of skills from student's academic disciplines, and leadership development.
Service Break Leadership
Students participating as leaders for Hawkeye Service Breaks will enroll in this academic course during the fall. In preparing students to lead successful service break teams, this course focuses on techniques for planning trip logistics, educating students on social issues, and facilitating critical reflection. Development in theoretical approaches to service-learning specifically connected to service immersion leadership; variety of concepts including intersectionality of varied social and community issues, reflection and reciprocity, active citizenship and community building, practical implementation of skills from student's academic disciplines, leadership development, and other related areas.