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Justice-Immersion Program: LOVE

As Manhattan College's social justice immersion program, L.O.V.E. provides opportunities for students to learn about justice issues in the communities that are most impacted by them.

LOVE is founded on five pillars:

Students build a home in New OrleansSocial Justice

Each LOVE experience focuses in on relevant social justice issues going on in the community the group is visiting. The social justice issue areas that our experiences explore include:

  • Adult Education/Literacy
  • Civil Rights/Human Rights
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice/Sustainability
  • Economic Development
  • Farmworker Justice & Fair Trade
  • Food Access/Security
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Homelessness & Affordable Housing
  • Immigration/Migration/Citizenship
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
  • Public Health/Individual & Community Health
  • Technology Access/Computer Literacy
  • Racial Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Urban Poverty
  • Women & Children

Cultural immersion

image of students standing in front of signLOVE gives you the opportunity to learn about the local culture by experiencing it firsthand. As a participant, you'll live and work alongside members of the community, hearing the stories of local community partners who are working to create change in their communities. You'll learn about the challenges the community faces, and gain new perspectives on current events. You'll eat local cuisine, partake in traditional customs and be encouraged to step outside of your comfort zone.

 

Community

students standing in snowMeeting Jaspers from different parts of campus is one of the best parts of LOVE. During weekly meetings and fundraising events, students build relationships with their peers on the team, student leader and advisor. Students foster an inclusive community where all team members feel welcome, included and comfortable discussing their sociocultural identities and sharing their insights. The friendships developed through LOVE are truly unique, and tend to last throughout college and beyond!

 

Spirituality

image of students in front of large crossStudents of any spiritual or religious background (or none) are welcome to participate in LOVE. Leading up to and on their experience, students will engage in group reflection to help process their experiences. Students are introduced to the Lasallian charism and are Students are encouraged to explore their spirituality from the context of their own faith tradition.

 

Simple Living

Throughout the trip, students are encouraged to lean into the experience fully through practicing simple living. Students forgo technology (cell phones, large cameras) to spend time in quiet reflection and self-discovery. Participants pack concisely and stay in simple accommodations on their trips to gain a better understanding of the experience of those who live in the communities they visit. Students are asked to be conscious of their actions and impact in the community as well as taking photographs in an ethical and appropriate way.

Experiences

LOVE service immersion experiences take place over Winter, Spring & Summer breaks.

  • Winter

     

    Immigration Justice

    January 14 - 17, 2022

    New York City & surrounding area

    Join us for an immersion experience to explore Immigration Justice. You will gain a deeper understanding about immigration and systems that govern immigration from a variety of perspectives. Our Lasallian values will guide our efforts to understand the motivations for migration, the experience of migration, and the challenges faced by migrants. The group will take day trips to meet with non-profit partners, visit museums, attend community meetings and more.  The trip is based in the tri-state area and will also give participants the chance to virtually connect to migrant justice community leaders in Tucson and El Paso.

    • All participants will stay on campus and move in the evening of January 13th.  
    • The cost before fundraising will be $150 for participants
    • Applications are due Tuesday, October 12th at 11:59pm
  • Spring

    Theme To Be Determined

    March 12-15, 2022

    New York City & surrounding area

    The group will take day trips to meet with non-profit partners, visit museums, attend community meetings and more.  

    • All participants will stay on campus and move in the evening of March 11th.  
    • The cost before fundraising will be $150 for participants
  • Summer

    No Trips Avaliable At This Time

    Check back soon for more information

More Information

Visit the Inside Manhattan website to learn more about how current Manhattan College students can apply for a LOVE trip.

Campus Ministry & Social ACtion Website