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Appalachia Immersion (West Virginia): Spring Break 2019 (DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE BEFORE END OF BREAK)

Thank you for applying to Campus Ministry’s Social Justice Immersion Program for Spring Break 2019 in West Virginia (Appalachia). This experience requires a desire to explore spirituality, service, solidarity, and global citizenship. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on interest and commitment to spirituality, community, and social justice. We encourage you to answer carefully and thoughtfully the questions on this application.  

Application: Due Nov. 26th

Applications will be processed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Once you are invited to participate in the immersion, a deposit of $50 is due to complete your application. After that there will be scheduled payment milestones to meet either through payments or personal fundraising. 

Financial Commitment: $1000 Each student is responsible for their entire fee through personal deposits, fundraising and participation in group fundraising. Students are required to meet 3 deadlines for deposits prior to their travel. Campus Ministry supports & encourages groups to collaborate on fundraising efforts, which have been historically successful. Campus Ministry is committed to ensuring that finances do not preclude a student from participating in our Immersion Program. If financial investment in our program is a concern please contact Marilyn Nash to schedule a meeting.
Formation Meetings: Wednesdays in Winter Quarter Formation meetings will take place EITHER on MONDAY nights (6-8, 7-9, or 8-10) OR WEDNESDAY evenings (ether 6-8pm or 8-10) in Winter Quarter beginning 3rd week of quarter. Due to the important nature of the content covered in these meetings, students are only permitted to miss two meetings. At these meetings, we will explore more deeply the values of justice, solidarity, simplicity, community, spirituality, and hospitality in the context of the communities and issues relevant to this trip. Students and leaders explore the historical, social, economic, spiritual & political realities of the communities we’ll visit. Additionally, coordinating of fundraising efforts will take place during these meetings. (if possible - the group may choose to plan a weekend day retreat to make up for any missed meetings due to holidays.) 
Travel: Spring Break (March 23-30, 2019) Learn about the history, culture, and challenges of communities in Appalachia through the lens of environmental justice. Seattle University Campus Ministry partners with the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University for this Social Justice Immersion, which includes conversations with community partners, visits to relevant sites (such as a mountaintop removal site), and intentional reflection with the immersion community.
Reintegration: Spring Quarter 2019 Transition from immersion trips include challenging questions, discovering how to share story and discerning choices and actions in light of new learning. To aid in this transition, the group commits to meeting twice in the quarter following the trip to reflect and commit to our collective integration.

If you have any questions about the immersion or the application process, please contact Marilyn Nash, Campus Minister for Social Justice, by email or at (206) 296-6075.


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