Each Spring Break, the Mississippi Delta Project partners with Delta Directions and Harvard Law School to send students (some who are involved with the Mississippi Delta Project and some who are not) to Mississippi to work on various law and policy projects. See below for more information on some of the recent trips.
2013: Partnering with the Ole Miss Transactional Law Clinic and Delta Directions, the Mississippi Delta Project conducted a fact-finding trip in the Delta during Spring Break. The team surveyed low-income residents in Clarksdale in order to assess the community’s access to healthy food and to identify opportunities for increasing access to healthy food in the region. After establishing which issues community members found most important, students researched policy initiatives designed to address these issues. The Mississippi Delta Project and its partners in Mississippi will use this research to plan new projects and next steps.
2012: During spring break in 2012, the Mississippi Delta Project worked with local partners to host a workshop and draft a guide on estate planning and how to gain clear title to land for small farmers. Generations of small landowners in Mississippi have lacked the resources to draft wills and otherwise prepare for estate succession. As a result, current small farmers often lack clear title to their own property, leaving them unable to access a variety of federal programs, including those designed to provide disaster relief and to serve small and underserved farmers.