On Sunday, January 17th, 2016, the Office of Community Outreach hosted a reunion luncheon to honor the 10 years of Alternative Break Trips dedicated to serving the Mississippi and Louisiana communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina caused a historic level of damage to the communities of the Gulf Coast; it also catalyzed a wave of public service, such as these alternative break trips, that continues to this day. Hundreds of Huskies (students, staff, and faculty) have participated in these efforts in the 10 years since this disaster.
This luncheon brought together alumni and staff representing all 14 Community Outreach-sponsored Hurricane Katrina relief trips. The event included comments from the Director of Community Outreach, Gina DeVivo Brassaw; the Executive Director of Connecticut Campus Compact, Matt Farley; keynote speaker, Dr. Barret Katuna of the Sociology department; alumni speakers, Rob and Rachel Delicate (’06 and ’07); and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Christine Wilson. Attendees had the opportunity to dine on some of the frequent and favorite foods from their Alternative Break Trips while catching up with old friends and reflecting on their experiences serving in the Gulf Coast region.