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Los Angeles, California

Sat | Dec 14 - Fri | Dec 20, 2019 | $400

East LA Immersion


This immersion trip to East LA has shaped and given me new perspectives on aspects of my life that I never knew it could touch. It's one thing to hear or learn about the issues that individuals struggle with in other areas, but establishing a personal connection with these communities has, in the cheesiest way possible, restored my faith in humanity. There's really no words that can do this experience justice. The characters you'll meet and the stories you'll hear will impact you in a way that will (hopefully) stick with you long after you return. - Colman Lin

 

The Santa Clara immersion trip to Los Angeles will be hosted by the community of Dolores Mission, a Jesuit parish in East LA, whose parishioners take the initiative to address issues that challenge their community. These pressing issues include gang violence, human rights abuses against youth and immigrants, child care, homelessness, as well as educational and employment opportunities. Through engagement with the local parish and school, participants will explore these issues and meet engaged members of the community.

An integral component of this immersion is the home­stay experience with local families. Throughout the week, SCU students will partner up and stay with families who provide opportunities for conversation and shared meals.

SCU students will visit Homeboy Industries and have lunch at the Homegirl Café. Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.




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.