Center for Service and Community Engagement


  • Immersion Trips offer students opportunities to explore social, cultural and environmental issues affecting our regional communities. Each immersion experience provides a different focus for serving and learning.

    Students experience direct contact with the community through service providers, engage in conversations with community leaders, and integrate their experiences through individual reflection and group discussion. These often life-changing moments enable students to grow into leaders who can address real community needs and create social change.

    We have four immersion trip opportunities for SU Students:

    Hunger and Homelessness in Seattle:

    Hunger & Homelessness in Seattle is a five-day service immersion during Spring Break. Students participate in direct service at social service agencies in Seattle and explore the realities and root causes of hunger and homelessness. Focusing largely on urban hunger and homelessness, this immersion takes place right in Seattle.

    Dignity, Justice, and Work:

    During this spring break immersion trip, participants explore issues related to immigration and the rights of immigrant farmworkers. The immersion takes place in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

    Northwest Native Life*:

    During this immersion, students engage in cultural activities, talk with community leaders, and learn about traditional and contemporary Coast Salish history and lifeways. This immersion takes place in Seattle and the northern parts of Western Washington. *Not offered in 2015.

    Earth, Air, and Water:

    Over spring break, the students on this immersion explore issues of environmental justice, sustainability, and the impact humans have on the environment. This immersion takes place in the greater Seattle area.

    Who is involved?

    Each immersion is organized and led by student leaders (Live link to Student Leaders for the Common Good page) with support from a Seattle University staff moderator (link to SU Staff opportunity to be a moderator). Each group will meet several times before departure to learn about the social issues they will be exploring and discuss logistics – these are mandatory meetings, so please make sure you are able to attend.

    How much do the trips cost?

    Trips are funded through participant fees that cover the cost of food, lodging, and transportation. Any student may request financial assistance. CSCE staff will work with Student Financial Services to determine eligibility for fee reduction. Trips vary in cost from $100 - $225. A non-refundable $30 deposit is due 4 weeks prior to the immersion. The remainder of the cost is due 2 weeks before the immersion.

    Ready to lead an immersion?

    If you’ve been on one of our immersions and you are excited about the idea of leading an immersion, check out our Partners for Action and Community program!