Topics for 2021-22 ASB Programs

The Impact of Cultural/Religious Ideologies on Reproductive Justice

Refugee Healthcare

The Impact of Urban Design on Community Health

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health/Substance Abuse

The Impact on Women's Health of Gender Inequity in Research & Design 

Racial Bias in Medical Devices and Research

Disparities in Palliative Healthcare

The Rice University ASB program empowers Rice students to engage with new communities through education, service, and advocacy. ASB stands for Alternative Spring Break, but this year the ASB programs are running virtually and focusing on long term engagement throughout the year, not just during spring break. Participants gain awareness through in-depth training around a specific topic in social justice and further engage with the issue alongside community partners locally and in the U.S. Throughout this experience, student groups learn about the value of the reflection process, connecting with others through meaningful dialogue, and active citizenship.


Applicants should attend an info session (to be scheduled for September/early October) to learn about the program and the social issue foci of the year (determined annually by student leaders). These events are scheduled annually and will be updated on this page and CCL publications when recruitment is underway.

The application process involves a written application about students’ motivations for and interest in the program and social issues. ASB leaders strive to offer opportunities to all students who wish to participate and actively engage throughout the application process!

Written applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open on October 1st, and the deadline to submit is October 24th.


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Center for Civic Leadership
Rice Memorial Center, Room 208
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885


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