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Appalachia, West Virginia

Saturday, March 21st - Friday, March 27th, 2020

Cost: $900

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 MountainThroughout 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


Application Process 

  • The application for Winter Break 2019 Immersions is now closed. 
  • Applications for Spring Break 2020 Immersions will open on November 20th. 

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.