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Justice-Immersion Program: LOVE

As Manhattan College's social justice immersion program, LOVE. 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.



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!



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.


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

  • Winter

    No Trips Avaliable At This Time

    Check back soon for more information

  • Spring

    Immigration & the Lower East Side

    • Friday, February 18 @ 5:00pm to 8:00pm &
    • Saturday, February 19th @ 8:00am to 8:00pm

    New York City

    Join us for a mini-immersion trip on the Lower East Side to learn more about the history of immigration as well as current issues facing immigrants in the city. Make some new friends, eat delicious food and learn more about social justice! You will learn something new whether you’ve lived in NYC your whole life or just moved here this semester.  

    • Commuter Students will be able to stay on campus Friday night as part of the program.
    • The cost to participate will be $25 and includes all meals, travel & activities. 
  • Summer

    Flint, Michigan with the Firestone Center

    May 20 to 27, 2022

    The Firestone Center is a nonprofit social justice center in downtown Flint, Michigan. This trip explores the water crisis in Flint and its intersections with race and poverty. Students engage with local community partner organizations in the city each day and meet with local leaders over a meal in the evenings. Key Issue Areas for this trip include Environmental Justice, Racial Justice and Economic Development.

    • Trip Cost before fundraising efforts: $700
    • The group will drive to and from Flint

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