Summer Immersions

Nicaragua Immersion

May 2018

Journey to Nicaragua immediately following Spring semester on a three-week immersion experience. Students explore the political and justice issues of Latin America through this program with Witness for Peace and Seeds of Learning. Learn about fair trade coffee, volunteer in rural communities, and meet leaders who work for justice and peace. The experience may include homestays with campesinos, service in neighborhoods, and presentations by local experts on topics such as fair trade, foreign policy, human rights, and other social justice issues.

To view student reflections from previous Nicaragua Immersions, visit our blog

Student Coordinators (2017-2018):
Payton Bushaw
Angie Bustos


male student high-fiving child during Nicaragua Immersion

Civil Rights Immersion

May 2018

*Please note that this is an every-other-year immersion

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 in Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana before traveling to New Orleans to participate in a Habitat for Humanity rebuilding project. Visit a racial reconciliation farm community, walk the trail of the bus boycott, and tour Tuskegee University.

To view student reflections from previous Civil Rights Immersions, visit our blog.

Student Coordinators (2017-2018):
Elise Pepe
Emily Anderson


students at Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, during Civil Rights Immersion

India Immersion

This immersion will not be held in 2017-2018. 

Journey to India immediately following Spring semester on a three-week immersion experience. Serve with Mother Teresa's Ministries (Missionaries of Charity) in Calcutta and trek in the Himalayas. Experience the rich cultural and religious heritage of India and meet wonderful people.

To view student reflections from the first India Immersion in May 2016, visit our blog


group shot of students in front of hotel during India Immersion


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