Glen Gordon is a sophomore from San Diego, California studying International Relations in SIS. Glen has been fortunate enough to participate in over twenty short term outreach trips focused on economic empowerment, education, food/water security, faith-based community building, and environmental restoration in countries like Hungary, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Aspects of these trips served as inspiration for the Laos Alternative Break, which takes these themes one step further through continued activism after the trip is over.
"I'm excited to lead this alt break trip because it's the perfect chance to break out of all the "hypotheticals" we do in class and apply what we've learned in the real world! Nothing compares to hands-on experiences."
Christian Cyr is a second year scholar in the Politics, Policy, and Law Program, majoring in Communications, Law Economics and Government (CLEG). Christian is interested in public policy, and focuses his studies on health care policy and polices relating to income inequality. This past summer he studied the political economy of international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to studying international development and global inequality, Christian is interested in post conflict recovery. This past December he traveled to Vietnam on an alternative break and since then, he has worked with his peers to advocate for legislation to address the ongoing problems in Vietnam. On campus, Christian is the co-director of inclusion and engagement for AU Democrats.
"I’m excited to lead this program because I want to apply what we learn about economic empowerment polices in Laos and advocate for initiatives to combat poverty."