Alternative Seasonal Breaks engages students through hands-on, experiential learning with grassroots social and environmental justice organizations. Participants attend service trips across the United States during fall, winter, and spring breaks. These trips provide students with opportunities for direct service, activism, and education on a wide range of social issues.

Amnesty International is a worldwide organization of more than 2.2 million members working to promote and protect human rights for all people. The UIUC chapter works to carry out this mission through demonstrations, lectures, petitions and letter-writing campaigns to governments at home and abroad.

Engineers Without Borders is dedicated to implementing sustainable engineering projects to improve the quality of life in developing countries and to training engineering students on issues related to environmental sustainability and international development.
  Interfaith In Action works to bring together students of different faith backgrounds in community service and interfaith dialogue through programs such as the First Tuesday Interfaith Dialogue Series and Days of Interfaith Youth Service.

The Green Observer is the only environmental publication at the University of Illinois, written and published by students. It strives for objective reporting on environmental issues affecting the UIUC campus.
La Colectiva is a student organization at the University of Illinois that exists to address the challenges faced by the immigrant community within Champaign-Urbana. Their mission is to advocate social justice and change on behalf of all immigrants through grassroots initiatives.
Philippine Student Association seeks to foster relationships through the education and promotion of Filipino culture.
Prison Justice Project, the student affiliate of the UIUC Education Justice Project, aims to foster the development of a diverse community passionate about transforming the penal system in the United States.

Red Bison works to restore and recreate a natural prairie environment and promote natural area rehabilitation while giving members a hands-on experience.

  Students for Environmental ConcernS seeks to educate and inform students and community members about environmental issues and works toward positive environmental change.
Vis-a-Vis Tutoring is a student-run volunteer tutoring organization. Volunteers spend valuable time each week as individual tutors and classroom aids in Champaign-Urbana's schools.

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