Loyola University Maryland

Campus Ministry

Immersion

Jamaican Experience

Immersions are experiences that allow students to learn more about a community, immerse themselves in a culture, and understand the implications of social issues. One part of the immersion experience offers Loyola community members an opportunity to spend academic breaks(winter, spring, summer) immersed in a community (locally, domestically, and internationally). Students engage in dialogue and reflection about justice and what it means to be an Ignatian Citizen.

Immersions include: 

  • In-depth preparation, education, and community building
  •  Community-based learning experiences and/or direct service with a community-based organization
  • Reflection activities and group dialogue
  • Commitment to related advocacy, engagement and on-going learning

Each immersion has its own different participant fee to cover transportation, food, housing, educational activities, and incidental expenses.

Immersion Peer Facilitator Role 

The Immersion Peer Facilitator role is a leadership opportunity in collaboration with the faculty/staff/administrator Immersion Mentor(s). Together, these roles support participants in their immersion experience. The peer facilitator and mentor work closely with the CCSJ or Campus Ministry Assistant Director to plan and implement immersion opportunities that promote local, domestic and global engagement. 

Accepting the challenge and opportunity to serve as a peer facilitator is a significant responsibility. Through this leadership role, students will facilitate all pre-immersion, immersion, and post-immersion experiences by accompanying participants as a peer educator, logistics coordinator, and support. Peer facilitators engage participants in cultivating a commitment to lifelong learning, reflection and action. 

Click Here for more information about the Peer Facilitator role and responsibilities. 

2018-2019 Peer Facilitator Application

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 on the CCSJ website.!

Program Dates: May 12- 19, 2018
Program Fee: This amount covers the full cost of incurred immersion expenses including transportation, meals, host-program fees, etc.

To apply, fill out the application. Applications are due November 30, 2017 at 11:59pm.

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. To learn more, visit CCSJ's Baltimore/National Immersion webpage.