Winter Break Projects

Unlike many break projects that focus on direct service, Winter Break Projects sponsored by the Swearer Center focus on investigation and collaborative learning. Thirty-five Brown students live together in a church in downtown Providence to explore and engage with local issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, urban education, equitable health care, refugee services, the role of job creation and labor in economic development, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and social enterprise in RI. Read about Winter Break Projects 2013 here.

Winter Break Projects 2014 will be featuring six projects. Each project is led by student(s) with extensive experience and passion for the issue they will share. In our application, we ask students to rank the following projects in order of interest.

  • The Road to Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island (Jana Foxe)
  • Beyond Healthcare: The Social Determinants of Health in Providence (Natalie Diacovo & Darian Surratt) 
  • Refugee Communities in South Providence (Becca Wolinsky)
  • Labor and Immigration (Renata Martin & Mateus Baptista)
  • Environmental Activism (Jeremy Wortzel)
  • Equity, Theory, and Policy: The State of Education in Providence (Liliana Gutmann-McKenzie & Cherise Morris)

Info sessions will take place on:
Thursday, Oct. 17 at 12pm in the Swearer Center
Monday, Oct. 21 at 9pm in Wilson Hall 105
Monday, Oct. 28 at 8pm in JWW 502
Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7pm in the Third World Center 

Applications are due on Monday, November 4 by 4 pm, and decisions will be announced by Friday, November 8. Accepted students will be asked to commit and submit their deposits by Friday, November 15. The program will begin Sunday, January 12 and close Saturday, January 18. 

Cost for the week is $85 and some financial aid is available. If accepted, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit by Friday, November 15. Questions regarding financial aid may be emailed to

You can also email Elizabeth Garcia at or Alan  at with any questions. Want to tell your friends about the program? Feel free to invite them to our Facebook event.

Click here to submit your application online. We look forward to reading it!