There's no better way to discover your new neighborhood than through a service immersion. Learn about the inspiring work being done by local community agencies and how you can make a difference through service. Meet others who want to make a positive impact in the community just like you! The Service Immersions are open to both first-year students and transfers.
Seattle University is located in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the entire Northwest. Even though SU students spend four years going to school in this neighborhood, this immersion will allow you to experience your community in a completely different way! You will meet people from many different East African and Asian cultures, and learn about the gifts, challenges, and opportunities of growing up in the neighborhood. We'll explore the issues that youth in the neighborhood face, including language barriers, education, and gentrification. During the immersion, we will visit schools, community partners, do direct service, go on a scavenger hunt, and interact with the youth and families who call the Central District home.
Limited to 10 students.
Seattle University sits within walking distance of the cultural home of the Pan-Asian community of Seattle. It's the only neighborhood in America where Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Southeast Asians live and work together, side-by-side. On this immersion, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of this neighborhood, including learning about the effects of the Japanese Internment. During the immersion, we'll take a walking tour with the unofficial Mayor of the International District, garden, square dance, and play ping pong with Asian elders, and learn about how this neighborhood is navigating a changing Seattle.
Every night in Seattle, over 2,500 people are sleeping without shelter. Thousands more people stay in shelters, transitional housing, sleep in their cars, or double up with friends or family. This immersion will introduce you to our incredible community partners who are working day in and day out to ensure that every resident of Seattle has a home. Your stereotypes will be challenged as you meet people who are currently or formerly homeless and learn about their lives. During the immersion, we'll do some direct service, visit with community partners, and learn about the many ways to get involved in this issue.
Limited to 10 students
Students without the required gear will not be able to participate in the immersion.
Remember we all need to pack light. This is only a short trip and we have limited room in the vans. Please bring your own if possible. If you cannot, please let us know by August 30th.