Center for Orientation and Transition Programs

International District

  •  Social Justice Immersion Focus on the International District

    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.

    Limited to 10 students.

    List of Gear to Bring



    Students without the required gear will not be able to participate in the immersion.

    • A small object that represents why you choose to do service.
    • Sleeping bag and pillow we'll be sleeping on the floor. (If you don't have one, let us know)
    • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes. (Sandals and flip-flops will not protect your feet at our service sites.)
    • A lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Bring long pants to wear
    • Desire to serve and learn!

    Strongly Recommended

    • Personal items toiletries, a towel, prescription medications (for current medical conditions, especially for known allergies).
    • Two sets of clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Please dress appropriate for work and conservatively as to respect the diverse communities you will be working with.
    • Second change of clothes: casual, warm, comfortable.
    • Snacks for yourself and to share, optional
    • Water bottle
    • Your campus card for Friday night and to get back into your residence hall

    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.