Civic Engagement & Service

Bulls Service Break

The mission of the University of South Florida's Bulls Service Breaks (BSB) program is to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through education, service, and cultural exchange on the local, national and international level. The vision of the Bulls Service Breaks program is to provide educational service opportunities that create catalysts for positive social change.

Each BSB trip is composed of experiential learning opportunities that are life changing and challenge students to be effective, ethical leaders who serve as engaged citizens for the global community. BSB is part of a national movement of active citizenship, striving to create sustainable change and fight social injustice in all communities. Each trip is rooted in Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break and intentionally developed to provide strong direct service, orientation, education, training, reflection, reorientation, diversity and social justice, and full engagement.

Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trips 2019

Spring Break: March 10-16, 2019 


The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and Campus Recreation are excited to announce we will return to Puerto Rico both March and May 2019 for more Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trips! This initiative is a collaboration of the Outdoor Adventure Trips and Bulls Service Breaks programs, designed for students who have a passion for nature and outdoor education who wanted a way to serve Puerto Rico. Applications are available now, attend an Info Session and Apply Today!

Upcoming Dates: Summer: May 5-11, 2019 applications opening soon! 

Background Information: In spring 2018, the CLCE and Campus Recreation partnered to create the Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip pilot program. The initiative was a collaboration of the Outdoor Adventure and Bulls Service Breaks programs, designed for students who have a passion for nature and outdoor education who wanted a way to serve Puerto Rico. In May, a team of students and staff spent a week in Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild from the devastation caused by hurricane Maria. We worked in El Yunque, the only tropical National Rain Forest in the National Forest Service system, and Hacienda Tres Angeles, a family owned organic coffee farm, where we rebuilt trails and replanted crops that were devastated from the storms. We met with the Foundation for Puerto Rico and learned about their important work to regenerate the tourist economy and met with students from local universities to learn about their experiences and how we can support recovery efforts. Throughout the trip experience, we learned how tourism contributes to the local economy and enjoyed many beautiful amenities of the island. We strengthened existing relationships with community partners and built new partnerships that will provide sustainable opportunities for the USF community to continue to assist Puerto Rico with long term recovery.

View the Puerto Rico Service Adventure Trip May 2018 photo album here

Read more about our initiative in this news article

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Finch at 

Spring Break 2019 Trips, March 10-16 (Applications closed February 11)

Women's Empowerment
Minority & Refugee Rights
Youth and Education
Human Trafficking
Disability Services
Inner City Youth Outreach
Public Health: Community Disease Prevention
Hunger & Homelessness
Fraternity and Sorority Life Initiative (must be active member of a Fraternity or Sorority)


Upcoming Events

A Community Discussion on Human Trafficking

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00-7:30pm - MSC 4200 - Food is Provided - Open to the Public

Human Trafficking. Who is affected and what can we do about it? These are the two leading questions this community discussion seeks to answer. Join us and a panel of practitioners and educators from the Tampa Bay Area as we explore how to end human trafficking.

We are grateful to host 5 guest panelists at this event:

Dr. Vinita Kiluk is a Pediatrician at Tampa General Hospital and has contributed extensively to the Morsani College of Medicine curriculum and faculty guides. As a practicing physician, she has received numerous awards including the Osler Award from the MD class of 2018, One of Tampa’s Top Doctors for 2016, and the Gold Humanism Award and Membership honor. Dr. Kiluk has also presented her research on the ways for health professionals to identify human trafficking victims to the Junior League and MCOM medical students. We look forward to learning from her experiences as a physician and anti-human trafficking advocate.

Dr. Beatriz Padilla is a Professor in the USF Sociology Department with years of experience working, teaching, and conducting research on migration policy and human rights. Dr. Padilla has received numerous awards including Best Publication Award from the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, the Top & Most Productive Researcher Honor (1st among 133), and the 2001 W.E.B. DuBois Research Paper Award for best Paper on Race and Racism from the University of Illinois. Her publications with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offer her a unique lens into advancing human rights domestic and abroad.

Ms. Sophie James is a graduate research assistant for the Department of Children and Family Studies at USF, a fellow with the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Fellow 2018, and represents the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center & Administration of Children and Families: Office on Trafficking in Persons. Ms. James uses a critical race theory lens to examine patterns of human trafficking. We look forward to her perspective on this issue in Tampa Bay.

Ms. Sinjana Kolipaka is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Sciences. She is the President of Disaster and Humanitarian Relief and has led as well as conduct research on open forums to discuss both sex and labor trafficking.

Ms. Melissa Johnson is a fellow with the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Fellow 2018. Melissa is an applied cultural anthropologist and senior social and behavioral researcher in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. She has master’s degrees in both anthropology and public health, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at USF. Her research interests include child welfare, human trafficking, structural violence, anthropology of the state, and social justice. Her research and scholarship over the past ten years has focused on understanding policy and practice among child welfare systems, with particular interest in examining the ways in which race, class, and gender inequalities shape vulnerability to intervention by the state. Since 2013, Ms. Johnson has also been engaged in research on human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She works closely with child welfare and behavioral health agencies in Miami-Dade County, Florida seeking to address the trafficking of children, providing research and evaluation to help these agencies assess the impact of their efforts. As a critical scholar, she is especially interested in exploring how human trafficking is constructed in political and popular discourse, the ways in which such narratives contrast with the lived experiences of survivors, and the implications for policy and practice.