NOLA Urban Immersion

Friday, April 7 to Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The NOLA Urban Immersion will take place over Spring Break 2017. Ten to Twelve Loyola students will be selected to participate in this program.



TO LEARN: Participants will have an opportunity to explore inequality through the lens of the Jesuit conceptualization of social justice by being exposed to the nuanced layers of privilege and oppression in the city of New Orleans.

TO SERVE: Participants will both engage in direct service and experience and share in the personhood of others in the city of New Orleans.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The New Orleans Urban Immersion is designed to expose Loyola University New Orleans undergraduate students to the nuanced layers of privilege and oppression in the city of New Orleans as it relates to social location, gender, class, and race.

Participants will spend approximately six days of their Spring Break vacation examining inequality through the lens of the Jesuit conceptualization of social justice. This program will immerse students into the culture and history of New Orleans through the exploration of social injustices (past and present), community acts of service, and community reflection.

Participants in this domestic immersion program will learn, serve, reflect, travel, and live as one community. The program is rooted in an Ignatian spiritual foundation of finding God in all things and will include ongoing reflection within the community and during the program.

Twelve students will be chosen to participate. Upon acceptance, all students will be required to participate in an overnight retreat held at a local retreat house, weekly meetings, and a five night/six day community living experience in the city of New Orleans. All participants will be asked to abstain from the use of technology during the duration of the community living experience. Fundraising for this program will be done by the group and as individuals.


  • A visit to the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola)
  • Exploration of the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Nightly group reflections
  • Poverty Simulations
  • Group Service Day

COST:  Fundraising with a goal $300. This covers local transportation, housing and meals for the entire week. Participants will be asked to fund-raise as a group and individually and assistance in such will be given. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance.  

LODGING: Participants will live together at Molly's House in the heart of New Orleans' Garden District.

RECRUITMENT: Recruitment has ended for the Spring 2017 NOLA Urban Immersion. Recruitment for the Spring 2018 NOLA Urban Immersion will begin in September 2017


  • Application Due Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
  • Interview Dates: October & November 2016
  • Post-Selection Meeting: November 2016
  • Pre-Trip Mandatory Overnight Retreat: Feb 3 to Feb 5, 2017
  • Pre-Trip Weekly Meetings: Evenings in Jan 2017 to April 2017
  • Post-Trip Reflection: Spring 2017 & Fall 2017
  • Post-Trip Written Reflection & Evaluation: April 2017
  • $50 Non-Refundable Deposit Upon Acceptance

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