Loyola University Maryland

Immersions

National

Civil Rights

Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation
Selma, Alabama
Travel dates: Spring break 2019

This immersion in Alabama explores key landmarks and settings central to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. The host and home base is the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation in Selma, AL. The immersion group will be present for the annual Jubilee anniversary of Bloody Sunday, which commemorates the march over the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The group will visit museums, attend a nonviolence workshop, serve in local communities and hear stories of past and present civil rights struggles. Group members will engage in ongoing conversations about how voting discrimination and racial inequity still exist in the U.S.

Environment & Energy  

Appalachian Institute
Wheeling, West Virginia
Travel dates: Spring break 2019

Hosted by the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, this immersion gives participants the opportunity to think critically about energy issues, particularly coal mining, by hearing the stories of people directly affected by the industry. Group members will meet stakeholders on all sides of the issue, challenging assumptions and engaging participants in deep discussions about big questions behind energy extraction and its impact on human life. After visiting various parts of the region, speaking with local residents and listening to corporate representatives, group members will have a deeper grasp of the personal and environmental effects energy decisions have on the local communities in our energy-producing regions.

Immigration

Hope CommUnity Center
Apopka, Florida
Travel dates: Spring break 2019

This immersion offers participants a unique opportunity to opportunity to live with and work alongside immigrant farmworkers and day laborers in Apopka, Florida. The host program, HOPE CommUnity Center, is a service learning community dedicated to empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth. Through hands-on experiences such as working in the fields, homestays with immigrant families, and interactive workshops, participants will gain a broad understanding of the realities and culture of this vibrant community, as well as the complexities of the immigration system.

Urban Poverty

Steinbruck Center
Washington, D.C.
Travel dates: Spring break 2019

Immersion participants will engage in opportunities to learn about urban poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity in our nation’s capital—especially in relation to race and class. The team will stay at the Steinbruck Center (a ministry of Luther Place Memorial Church), a program that offers education, service, research and training opportunities to address the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. Participants will learn about the affordable housing crisis and poverty in the city through walking tours, a poverty simulation, and interactive activities. Group members will serve at various meal programs across the District and engage in building relationships by listening to the stories of people firsthand and seeing the city through a new lens.