Students share ‘transformative’ experiences of Alternative Spring Break

We spoke with three stu­dents who are par­tic­i­pating in Alter­na­tive Spring Break this week, working at an animal sanc­tuary in Utah, an organic farm in Puerto Rico, and for a nutri­tion ser­vices pro­gram in Georgia. In one-​​on-​​one inter­views, they shared their expe­ri­ences and why they are so pas­sionate about volunteerism.

Are safe injection facilities for heroin users a step in the right direction?

The mayor of Ithaca, New York, last week, announced a plan to open sites where heroin users can safely inject the drug under med­ical super­vi­sion. Assis­tant pro­fessor Leo Beletsky thinks the idea isn’t that far-​​fetched, saying “We need inno­v­a­tive inter­ven­tions because what we are doing is not working.”

Northeastern students are working to cultivate social change

Last week, North­eastern was named a “Change­maker Campus” by Ashoka U, a leading non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that cat­alyzes social inno­va­tion in higher edu­ca­tion. Stu­dent leaders in the university’s social impact ecosystem who are working to har­ness the community’s “change­making” spirit will show­case their efforts today in the Curry Stu­dent Center.