Experience Immersion | University of Portland

Experience Immersion

Apply to an Immersion!
Immersions are a valuable way to learn from and immerse yourself in diverse communities. These three-day to three-week experiences provide students with a hands-on, close-up view of different populations and socioeconomic issues in Oregon, Washington, other parts of the United States, and other countries. Through partnering with community organizations and talking with members of the community, participants hear stories of injustice, strength, and beauty. These stories connect with historical and systemic contexts and related social issues. Participants are invited to consider how what their experience connects with what they are learning in their courses and how they can take action.

To apply for the 2023-2024 immersions, check back during fall of 2023!

We are currently planning for safe in-person immersions taking into considerations the needs of our participants and our partners and being mindful of CDC guidelines. If you have concerns or questions, please let us know (cecilio@up.edu).

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“All this used to be a section of a textbook that was glazed over within a whitewashed curriculum, but to stand where they stood, on the pavement where blood was spilled and slaves walked in chains, in the air that filled and escaped their lungs, we are changed. We understand more about what matters and what still needs to be done, and we feel the scars of what they felt. I have gained a sense of courage through them and for them, and I am confident that this feeling will keep burning in me as I find my feet planted in Portland once again.”

--Hannah Schoen '17, Civil Rights Immersion participant, May 2016 


Browse through the possibilities and contact Director of the Moreau Center, Jo Cecilio (cecilio@up.edu) or the student immersion coordinators for more information.

 Rural Immersion - visit to a pepper farm

Above photo: Participants on the Rural Immersion sample peppers at Alvarez Organic Farms

Students on the Environmental Justice immersion at a Native American in lieu fishing site

Above photo: Participants on the Environmental Justice Immersion visit a traditional Indigenous fishing site along the Columbia River with the Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission.

North Portland immersion participants in front of the Urban League building.

Above photo: Participants on the North Portland Civil Rights Immersion visit with staff at the Urban League of Oregon.