Leadership Development and Civic Engagement

Programs & Seminars
Freedom Rides

Ride with us for an unforgettable experience with Freedom Rides. This affordable spring break trip from Saturday, March 10- Tuesday, March 13 takes you to Gary, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. You will have the opportunity to meet with community leaders, learn lessons of leadership from area organizations and initiatives, and gain skills to make the maximum impact on your community.

Our programming is offered by the partnership between Campus Center & Student Experiences, the Multicultural Center, and the Social Justice Scholars. 

Apply by February 9th

*Complete the application by Friday, February 9th at 5:00 PM
*Applicants will be notified no later than Saturday, February 10th.
*If selected, you must submit your $50 (or check) to Campus Center & Student Experiences (CE 370) by Wednesday, February 14th.


  • Application Process

    1. Complete this application by Friday, January 26th @ 5:00 PM
    2. Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, February 2nd.
    3. If selected, you must submit your $50 (check or cash) to Campus Center & Student Experiences (CE 370) by Thursday, February 8th @ 4:00 PM.
    4. Fee waivers are offered on a case-by-case basis, please contact bstarkel@iupui.edu for inquiry.
  • Pre-Trip Meetings

    1. Participants are asked to participate in three pre-trip meetings in February and earlier March that will cover safety and logistics, information on local area, and getting to know your trip mates.
    2. These will take place on February 15th (7-9 PM, CE 409), February 22nd (5-6:45 PM, CE Theater), March 1st (7-9 PM, CE 409).
  • Travel & Fee Information

    1. The trip fee is $50 and will cover your transportation, lodging, educational materials, museum fees, and most meals.
    2. The meals that are not included are during our travel days that include Saturday breakfast, Monday lunch (day trip in Chicago), and Tuesday dinner (leaving for IUPUI).
  • Freedom Rides Learning Outcomes

    After Freedom Rides, students will:

    • Be able to define and have nuanced conversations around “race,” “racism,” and “intersectionality”
    • Have a broader understanding of their multiple identities and how those produce privilege/oppression in their lives and leadership processes
    • Develop core communication skills as they engage in dialogue and practice controversy with civility around identity/privilege/oppression with their peers
    • Identify their personal leadership skills and traits to better understand their role in working for positive social change
    • Be able to identify historic movements for racial justice/social change in the Midwest
    • Learn about “coalition building” and the importance of cultivating alliances across difference