Spring Break Immersions | University of Portland

Spring Break Immersions

Civil Rights Immersion

Will be offered in Spring Break 2024

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.

Contact: CivilRights.Immersion@up.edu

Coordinators: Cristopher Diaz and Kaylee Gunderson


2020 Civil Rights Immersion - Memphis

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.

North Portland Civil Rights Immersion

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.