GCO Alternative Spring Break

At its core, GCO is about the integration of theory and practice in community organizing. Each GCO section is structured around a grassroots organization that works with communities towards social justice. For the first half of the semester, students familiarize themselves with the tools and strategies used in relationship-based organizing through complex readings, engaging discussions, and reflective writing.


Throughout Spring Break , students use this foundation of knowledge to build from when they join the work of their community partner. While each Spring Break varies, all students work full-time with their community partners in various ways - workshops, community meetings, canvassing, visibilities, and more.

To cover the costs of Spring Break, GCO has a course fee of $275. Scholarships are available!

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