2020 Faculty-Staff Immersion
Dates: Sunday, May 24 - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Locations: San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico
Join the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Center for Service and Action as we explore questions of justice, peace, and solidarity at our nation's border. Our itinerary will include engagements with communities on both sides of the border, conversations with colleagues at our sister Jesuit university Universidad Iberoamericana, and a closing reflective retreat day at Casa Manresa overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The immersion trip is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators on all campuses. All participant costs are sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry (including travel, meals, and single accommodations). If accepted, participants are expected to attend four preparatory gatherings during the spring 2020 semester, as well as the full trip from the morning of Sunday, May 24 through the evening of Thursday, May 28. Applications will be accepted through December 13, 2019.
Questions about the 2020 immersion or the program in general? See our FAQs below or contact Kat Brown, Director of Mission and Identity Programs, at Katherine.Brown@lmu.edu.
Who can apply?
All full-time, regular faculty and staff on the Westchester, Playa Vista, and Law School campuses are welcome and encouraged to apply. No deposit or application fee is required.
What is the cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate in the Faculty/Staff Immersion. All program costs, including travel, meals, and single accommodations are sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry. Participants may wish to bring additional spending money to purchase small items such as gifts, souvenirs, or snacks.
Since the immersion will entail absence from campus during standard work days, your participation may require specific accommodations from your supervisor. If you encounter (or anticipate) difficulty in this area, please contact Kat Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
How are participants selected?
Once the application period closes, our selection committee will review applications with the goal of identifying a group that is diverse and well-balanced (considerations may include affiliation [faculty and staff], division/unit, length of time at LMU, mission and international experience, and so on). Notices of acceptance will be made by email before December 31, 2019.
Applicants who have not been selected in previous years are encouraged to apply each year they are interested! Applications for these trips always exceed our capacity, but we are working to expand our offerings. If you'd like to be the first to hear about upcoming trips and receive word when applications open, please join our mailing list.
What are the expectations for participants?
Once accepted, immersion participants are expected to attend the following:
- Three weekday, daytime preparatory meetings of 90 minutes during the spring 2020 semester (two time options will be offered for each meeting);
- One evening dinner with the full immersion group in May 2020, prior to departure;
- The full immersion itinerary, from departure at the LMU campus on the morning of Sunday, May 24 to return to campus on the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2020. Alternate departures or arrivals cannot be accommodated.
Precise dates and times for pre-trip meetings will be identified by group availability once the roster is finalized.
Participants must also hold a current passport valid for the dates of travel and sign a liability waiver. If you anticipate any of these elements posing an obstacle to your participation, please contact Kat Brown at email@example.com to discuss possibilities.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
Not at all. Spanish language ability is a benefit on this immersion but will not be a barrier to full participation.
What are accommodations like?
A primary goal of the Faculty/Staff Immersion is to encounter communities and ways of life that are outside our day to day contexts. Participants are encouraged to enter into the experience with an attitude of simplicity, openness, and willingness to venture "outside their comfort zone."
In keeping with this principle, travel, food, and lodging will be simple, though safe and comfortable. All participants will be housed in single accommodations with private bathrooms. Travel will be by chartered van and bus. Meals may be shared in a variety of contexts, including restaurants, vendors, and host-prepared meals. Participants with dietary or religious restrictions should contact the trip facilitator before departure to ensure appropriate accommodation.
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