Summer Immersions | University of Portland

Summer Immersions

Border Immersion

Will be offered Summer 2024

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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.  


Immersion Coordinators: Maria Alzugaray Orellana and Benjamin Barrero


2020 Border Immersion - students walk in desert

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





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.


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!


CORE Immersion in Chicago 

Above photo: CORE Immersion participants in Chicago.