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Howard University Students Use Their Spring Break to Deal with Gun Violence in Chicago
By Jordan Duckens
Office of University Communications

WASHINGTON -- For nearly 20 years, Howard University students have skipped the beaches, parties, vacations and even trips home for spring break to instead use that time serving others across the nation and the world. This year, hundreds will spend spring break in seven U.S. cities and Haiti from March 9 to March 15 helping communities with a variety of concerns – from illiteracy to gang violence to gun control to HIV/AIDS.

ASB Chicago participants will tackle the gun violence epidemic facing the city.  In 2012, 535 people were murdered and nearly 50 people have been killed in the first two months of 2013. Howard University students will educate high school students about conflict resolution and ways to build a better future for themselves. Students will also work with advocacy groups to lobby for stricter gun laws.

The site coordinator for ASB Chicago is D’Auria Henry, a junior majoring in psychology and African American studies. The California native has participated in ASB Chicago for the last three years.

The effort is part of the University’s award-winning Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program led by Executive Director Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau.  Since 2009, ASB has expanded to incorporate multiple cities. This year, volunteers will serve communities in eight locations and will provide more than 12,000 hours of service. ASB 2013 includes service sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Haiti. This is the largest number of locations served in the program’s 19-year history.

In the past, Howard University students tutored elementary school students in English and math, helped rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and helped establish a library for a public high school in Washington, D.C. ASB is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel with significant institutional support from the Office of the President coupled with the help of generous donations from Howard alumni, students, staff, faculty and residents from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
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