Summer Immersions

Community Organizing and Resistance (CORE) Immersion

Will be offered in May 2022

Students will explore current social issues such as employment, education, and environmental justice through connecting with organizations in Chicago, Detroit, and other locations in the Midwest, including the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the 2018 OPUS Prize winner.

Contact: core.immersion@up.edu 

Immersion Coordinators: Grace Fortson and Maria Wanzek

2018 IMAN Visit 


Civil Rights Immersion

Will be offered in May 2022

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

Immersion Coordinators: Anita Moreno and Sophia Riccardi

2020 Civil Rights Immersion - Memphis


Past Immersions

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.

This immersion is not currently being offered.