Spring Break Immersions

Border Immersion

Will be offered Spring Break 2023

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Travel to the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona for one week to learn about immigration, the global economy, and environmental and human rights issues. This immersion provides the opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on the complex issue of immigration and may include visits to the border wall, federal court, social service agencies, and human rights organizations.

Read student reflections from previous participants on our Border Immersion blog.  

Contact: border.immersion@up.edu

Immersion Coordinators: Eduardo Gonon and Yeidi M. Ramos

2020 Border Immersion - students walk in desert

Above photo: Border Immersion participants on a desert walk in Arizona.

North Portland Civil Rights Immersion

Will be offered Spring Break 2023

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Participants explore issues of justice related to civil rights, education, gentrification, and other intersecting social issues in North Portland. Learn the often unheard histories of Portland and how those continue to impact our city today. See many community responses to promote positive change.

Learn more about student experiences on the North Portland Immersion blog.  

Contact: northportland.immersion@up.edu

Immersion Coordinators: Prarthna Chona and Paris Boileau



Note: The Environmental Justice Immersion has been moved to be offered during the summer.

Past Immersions

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.  

We are not currently offering this immersion.