Applications for Summer 2020 trips are now closed.
Selected participants for immersions will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat, as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.
"The best way I can put it is that this program was a welcome disturbance in my life. I've realized that corruption is much deeper and much more hidden than I had previously thought and that it is pervasive. Environmental injustice is coupled with social injustice, and issues that are not widely broadcast are still issues." - Maggie Dong
Saturday, March 21st - Friday, March 27th, 2020
Engage with individuals and communities in the Appalachian region and their fight for social, economic, and ecological justice amidst a complex cultural history. SCU students will engage with the critical issues surrounding energy, sustainability, and public health for communities and economies rooted in the coal industry and devastating practices such as mountaintop removal.
The immersion begins in Wheeling, WV, in partnership with the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University. Students will learn about, and meet with, a number of community-based organizations working to strengthen their communities while fighting for social and ecological justice.
The group will also aim to better understand the historical and political context of the Appalachian Region during visits to the Charleston Museum and the West Virginia State Capitol building as well as mountaintop removal and other ‘extraction industry’ sites, like Kayford Mountain. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to explore the stunning landscape and natural beauty of the region, cook meals together, and experience what it means to live simply in community.
Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining