By Madi Daube '22
John Carroll’s immersion program has been an integral part of the university's campus ministry department since the arrival of the director, John Scarano, in 2003. The program allows students to broaden their understanding of the world through experiential learning.
Immersion trips to Appalachia, El Salvador, Ecuador, and the U.S. Mexico border provide students a glimpse of life outside their comfort zone. And it’s expanding this May; students will travel to Los Angeles to witness the societal impact of gang violence and homelessness.
These trips are truly immersive, exposing students to the harsh reality some communities face daily. They understand these realities by listening, learning, and asking questions about the culture. Students get insight into social injustices plaguing the area and determine actions to effect positive change. The stories and situations transform students; they return home with a new sense of gratitude, determined to make conscious choices. Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Jurell Sison, says, "It breaks students' hearts and shapes them to make decisions that would honor the stories that they have heard."