"Solidarity is learned through contact rather than concepts. When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.” – Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ
Immersion programs provide Loyola community members an opportunity to spend academic breaks (winter, spring, summer) immersed in a community (locally, domestically, and abroad). These experiences allow students to learn more about a community, immerse themselves in a culture, and learn about social issues facing a community. Students engage in dialogue and reflection about justice and what it means to be an Iganatian Citizen.
Kino Border Initiative
The Kino Border Initiative is a new immersion in which participants will be offered the opportunity to spend time with migrants and learn from their stories, as well as understand the broader context of the border and immigration. The immersion includes time in the comedor (soup kitchen), where participants serve food and have the chance to speak with recently deported migrants. Groups will also participate in mass with ranchers in a rural town in southern Arizona and learn about their experiences and perspectives, attend a criminal prosecution of immigrants, meet with border patrol, and hike in the desert. Over the course of the immersion, students will engage in reflection, dialogue and advocacy, translating their learned experience into action. Learn about all International Immersion!
Program Dates: May 12- 19th, 2018
Program Fee: $1,200 - This amount covers the full cost of incurred immersion expenses including transportation, meals, host-program fees, etc.
To apply, fill out the application here
. Applications are due November 30, 2017 at 11:59pm.
The Jamaican Experience is a faith-based immersion that seeks to invite the Loyola Community to respond to the Gospel mandate and to work for peace and justice. The Jamaican Experience allows participants to learn about the lives of and to be in solidarity with people who have been socially, economically, and/or politically marginalized.
Interfaith Immersion – Baltimore, Maryland
Through this local immersion, students will engage our Baltimore interfaith community to expand their understanding of a faith that does justice. Students will build relationships with diverse faith communities to learn, reflect and act while connecting values and belief systems to advocacy and social change.