Appalachia Immersion

Environmental Justice in Appalachia: Wheeling, WV

Learn about the history, culture, and challenges of communities in Appalachia through the lens of environmental justice. Campus Ministry partners with the Appalachian Institute of Wheeling Jesuit University for this week-long experience, which includes conversations with community partners, visits to relevant sites (such as a mountaintop removal site), and intentional reflection with the immersion community.


2019 Program Dates March 23-30, 2019
2019 Formation Information Weekly on Wednesdays in Winter Quarter, one post-trip integration meeting
Financial Commitment* $1000
Contact Marilyn Nash

 *$50 deposit due upon acceptance to immersion. Financial commitment may be fundraised or paid out of pocket. As part of the formation experience, the group of students participating on this immersion will work together to develop creative fundraising efforts to offset the cost of this immersion. Often, fundraising covers the majority of the cost for most students.

This has been a capstone of my time at SU, and I will carry the hollers of West Virginia and their beautiful people in my heart for a long time. Their hospitality and pride has truly ignited a curiosity and willingness to live deeper and fuller in my communities.

Jacqueline Shrader Participant
Staff Companion: Anna Robertson
Staff Companion

The Staff Companion on the 2019 Appalachia Immersion is Anna Robertson, Campus Minister for Retreats. Anna will be working alongside the student leader to plan the formation meetings and accompanying program participants through their immersion journey. Anna spent a year living in rural West Virginia working with incarcerated women and their families. One of her favorite things about Appalachia is the culture of folk music and song-sharing.