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Previous Immersions

India Immersion

Journey to India immediately following Spring semester on a three-week immersion experience. Serve with Mother Teresa's Ministries (Missionaries of Charity) in Calcutta and trek in the Himalayas. Experience the rich cultural and religious heritage of India and meet wonderful people.

To view student reflections from the first India Immersion in May 2016, visit our blog

group shot of students in front of hotel during India Immersion


Southern U.S. Civil Rights Immersion


Students walk the path of the Civil Rights movement and learn about contemporary issues of racism and classism in the South. Visit major Civil Rights sites and museums in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana and learn from people involved with the Civil Rights movement. Also, connect with and learn from people addressing racial justice today and its intersections with education, criminal justice, voter suppression and more.  Other experiences may include a tour of Medgar Evers' home, a conversation with the Birmingham Mayor's office and a visit the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans.

Read student reflections from previous participants on our Civil Rights Immersion blog.


Tanzania Immersion

The Tanzania social justice immersion gave students the opportunity to learn about the social, political, and economic past and present of Tanzania. The three-week experience focuses on education, health, women’s empowerment, and other social issues. Students learned basic Kiswahili (the primary language spoken in Tanzania), participated in service opportunities, experienced homestays with local families, and learned about the work of Holy Cross in East Africa.  

To view student reflections from the Tanzania Immersion, visit our blog.


Community Organizing and Resistance (CORE) Immersion

Participants will explore current social issues such as food justice, healthcare, and environmental justice through the lens of community organizing by connecting with organizations in Detroit and Chicago such as the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Learn how to can make positive change in your community by learning from mutual aid organizations, small grassroots nonprofits, large impactful nonprofits and community leaders.

Read the CORE Immersion blog here!



Above photo: CORE Immersion participants in Chicago. 2021-2022

CORE Immersion 2022 - Marquette Park 

Above photo: CORE Immersion participants meet with IMAN community organizers in Chicago's Marquette Park.


Affordable Housing Immersion 

Students in this immersion would participate in a one-week Habitat for Humanity build. The group worked on building houses within the Pacific Northwest, while learning about the broader challenges of affordable housing. Students not only worked alongside peers, but also had the opportunity to collaborate with the families who become homeowners of the home the group helped to build.

Read student reflections from previous participants on our Affordable Housing Immersion blog.