Immersion experiences, both local and global, are designed to help students see the world with new eyes, to recognize unjust suffering of marginalized communities and to allow those experiences to inform their college and career choices.
Students on immersions and alternative breaks have traveled to Costa Rica and Tonga, among others. Each experience has staff, faculty and student leaders who receive pre-launch training. Details regarding applications, deadlines and destinations are below.
All immersions embed principles of social justice, civic engagement and celebrating diversity, as well as substantial reflection. In addition, All experiences have pre-immersion meetings and a post-immersion gathering on-campus in the SLC.
Dates: June 8 - 13, 2020 (6 days, 5 nights) Cost: Approx. $1,100 + flight to Tucson, financial need grants possible Group size: 10 students, 2-3 chaperones Description: BorderLinks has been facilitating educational immersion trips for delegations in the Arizona-Sonora region and beyond the border to Chiapas. On this immersion, students will become intimately aware of challenges of immigration and how policies, borders and trade agreements impact people and by raising awareness, inspiring action for social transformation.
The City of Oakland: Oakland Tour, "New Era, New Politics"
Group size: 15 to 30 students
Description: We are embarking on a partnership with the City of Oakland! What this means is we will offer teachers at M-A a FREE, day long walking tour in Downtown Oakland focused on black politics and black history for their entire classroom should teachers want to embed this into their curriculum.
Dates: February 19 - 21, 2020 (3 days, 2 nights) Cost: Approximately $150, financial need grants possible Group size: 10 students, 2-3 chaperones Description: Street Retreats are foundational. We introduce and teach students to be present in the Tenderloin Neighborhood. So many places around the world carry a similar burden. We project onto the people and streets myths about poverty and all that goes with it and by having conversations with those in our community, we begin to make meaningful change in hearts and minds.