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Oakland, California

Friday, March 23 - Thursday, March 29, 2018 
Cost: $300

The Ignatian Center sends a group of SCU students to Oakland to engage with community members and learn about the social challenges and graces faced by the community in inner city Oakland. Participants will explore the complex social realities faced by various communities in the Oakland area. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will host the Santa Clara group for the duration of the immersion. The program will focus in particular on homelessness and poverty, the criminal justice system, food justice, and the educational system in the city. Some components of the immersion will include service in a soup kitchen and work with male groups at Saint Vincent de Paul as well as engagement with male youth in Oakland. Join us for this unique opportunity to engage in service and learning with other Santa Clara students.


Jazmine Low

“The Oakland Immersion gave me the opportunity to meditate on how my actions are to connected the social injustices in our local area. I learned how to carry the sense of wrongness we experienced with me, and I let it affect my choices for the better every day.”

Application Process 

  • Applications for Spring Break Immersions are now closed.
  • Application for Summer 2019 Immersions are due February 27th.

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.