Immersion Programs

Overview

CCE’s Immersion programs offer week-long trips to local communities where students engage with the community, learn about a variety of social justice issues and reflect on their experiences. Our immersion programs are designed around the Arrupe Engagement Pathways: Direct Service, Faith & Justice, Philanthropy, Policy & Politics, Advocacy & Awareness, Social Innovation, and Community Engaged Learning & Research. 

Spring Break Immersions - March 12th through 18th (dates may vary by site)

Spend Spring break with fellow GU students exploring state politics and governance, housing security, and environmental justice in regional communities with the CCE Spring Immersions.  

Spring break immersions cost $375 (including a $75 non-refundable deposit) and cover all travel and program costs including transportation, lodging, meals, and a donation to host organizations. 

Registration for Spring break immersions is open now! A limited number of partial program fee waivers are available. Apply for a partial program fee waiver HERE.

2022-2023 Sites: 

  • Olympia, Washington - WA Legislature (Politics & Governance Pathway) 
    Spend a week at Washington's Capitol Campus experiencing firsthand the legislative process and learning how state policy and governance impacts local communities (policy priority TBD).  
  • Sisters, Oregon - Sisters Habitat for Humanity (Direct Service Pathway)  
    Support a Habitat for Humanity home build while learning about issues-related to housing security and access in local communities.

 

Spring Immersion Application

 

 

Spring Immersion Deposit

 

We are currently looking for 2022-2023 student leaders! As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to lead an immersion trip (alongside a faculty or staff advisor) and receive a full program fee waiver for your service. Immersion or service experience is preferred, but not required. If you are interested in serving as a student leader for a Spring break immersion, please contact Tiffany Picotte at picotte@gonzaga.edu.

Justice in January - January 7th through 14th

Justice in January is a week-long immersion experience where students explore the realities of immigration and border issues along the U.S./Mexico border and enter into dialogue with individuals impacted by immigration, community leaders, non-profits and government agencies. During the immersion, students have the opportunity to cross the border to learn from and serve with organizations that provide assistance to and accompany migrants.

The semester prior to the immersion, students enroll in SOSJ 280, a 1-credit course that provides a brief sociologically-informed political, economic, and cultural overview of the U.S./Mexico border. Students utilize this common baseline of knowledge to inform their immersion experience. In Fall 2022, SOSJ 280 is scheduled for Friday from 12:10pm -1:00pm (10/14 through 12/09).

The Justice in January immersion cost is $850 and covers all travel and program costs including transportation, lodging, meals, and a donation to host organizations and a one-way flight to Spokane from the Immersion site at the end of the trip.

Registration for Justice in January is  open until filled and the first class meeting is Friday, October 14th

2022-2023 Site:

  • Tucson, Arizona / Nogales, Mexico (Community-Engaged Learning Pathway) 

Registration for Justice in January 2023-24 will open in Spring Semester! More details coming soon!

 

Immersion Application