Immersion Coordinators

Immersion coordinators are responsible for making all our immersions happen! From recruiting participants in the fall to wrapping things up once the group has returned and all the details in between—these impactful experiences rely on the leadership of the coordinators.

Two students are selected to coordinate each immersion. Together, their responsibilities include outreach, community-building, group preparation, budgeting, fundraising, planning the experience, making travel arrangements, facilitating group reflection, and a variety of administrative tasks related to immersions. The leadership skills gained from working on a project of this scope from beginning to end transfer well to many future personal and professional opportunities.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available through LEAD@UP March 1 - 17. 
Access the 2021-2022 Lead@UP Application in ENGAGE under the "Forms" tab.

 

Watch Tyler Wagner, Program Manager for Immersions, talk about the Immersion Coordinator position and its benefits, as well the six immersions that you could be a leader for next year.

2021-2022 Immersion Coordinator Position Description

SUMMARY

In partnership with local and global communities, the Moreau Center for Service and Justice engages critical human and environmental concerns through active learning, mutually beneficial service, and experience-based leadership development rooted in Catholic social teaching. Our work is possible through the commitment of a team of about 30 student leaders who inspire and lead their peers in various programs.  All Moreau Center student leaders commit to the Moreau Center’s core commitments of Social Justice, Solidarity, Community and Reflection.

Social Justice Immersions engage groups of students during the academic breaks to explore social justice concerns and reflect on ways they can contribute to positive change. Immersion coordinators are responsible for working with a co-coordinator and advisor to develop and facilitate all aspects of an immersion experience for a group of 8 – 16 UP peers.

BENEFITS

  • Modest stipend distributed evenly during the academic year
  • Professional and personal formation through Moreau Center for Service and Justice advisement
  • Program participant fee paid by the Moreau Center for Service and Justice

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to community engagement, service, and social justice
  • Demonstrated interest in the issues of justice related to the immersion they are coordinating
  • Willingness to facilitate critical reflection grounded in Catholic social teaching
  • Coordinator does not need to be Catholic, but should be comfortable discussing faith and spirituality
  • Ability to share leadership with peers, faculty and staff

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit and select a diverse group of participants
  • Plan and implement Social Justice Immersion
  • Support participants in preparation, engagement, reflection and follow up for the immersion
  • Actively learn about social justice issues connected to the immersion
  • Communicate consistently and clearly with immersion participants, community organizations and immersion leadership team
  • Facilitate fundraising activities to meet fundraising goals
  • Handle various administrative tasks to support immersion
  • Willingness to embrace simple living (food and accommodation) during immersion experience
  • Ability to model positive, full engagement during long days of immersion
  • Coordinate a minimum of one follow-up event after the immersion

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Most leaders commit to the full academic year, to include training and follow-up activities. (Winter break immersions require less time commitment.)
  • About 12-20 hrs/month in preparation, though some months/weeks will require more time.
  • Available for Immersion Preparation Seminars and other group meetings, typically Fridays at 4pm.
  • Available for the actual immersion experience (winter, spring, or summer break).

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE IMMERSIONS FOR 2021-22 AND THEIR FOCUS

Note: All immersions are subject to change due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and health and safety concerns.
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Winter Break (last 5 days before start of spring semester)

  • Urban Immersion –Issues related to affordable housing and homelessness/houselessness in Portland

Spring Break (6-7 days of the break)

  • Border Immersion – Immigration and how it affects communities near the US/Mexico border
  • Environmental Justice Immersion – Intersectional issues of environmental justice in the Portland metro and Columbia River Gorge areas
  • North Portland Civil Rights Immersion – Gentrification and race in Portland

Summer Break (2-3 weeks in May following end of the semester)

  • Civil Rights Immersion - History of racial inequities in the U.S. and explore contemporary social issues related to education, voting, and access to affordable housing in the southern U.S.
  • Community Organizing and Resistance Immersion  – Explore current social issues such as sustainability, employment, and education, through connecting with organizations leading resistance and community organizing work in Chicago, Detroit, and other places in the Midwest, including the Inter-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), the 2018 OPUS Prize winner.


Moreau Center Social Justice immersions are open to all students. If you have a disability, health concern, or special dietary needs, please contact us (wagnert@up.edu) to determine what reasonable accommodations can be made to facilitate leadership and participation.