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Church and Social Action: Urban Plunge 2015

CSC 33963 / CST 33963 / THEO 33963

 

 

 

Urban Plunge Video—Detroit 2010

 

 

OVERVIEW

The Urban Plunge is a one-credit experiential learning course designed to give students a brief but important opportunity to engage with communities experiencing poverty in U.S. cities. With sites in most major cities, students will spend 2-4 days in a city close to their hometown with the chance of spending time with people who face the challenges of poverty and those organizations and folks who work to support them and/or work to eradicate this inequity. Leading up to and during this immersion, students will examine the root causes of poverty in urban areas focusing on dimensions such as opportunity, race, mental health, faith-based efforts, gender, housing, criminal justice system, and employment. Immersions take place in early January.

SEMINAR INFORMATION

  • Size: 300 students

  • Cost: $125 seminar fee

IMMERSION DATES

  • Generally a two to three day period between January 2–12, 2015
  • Dates vary for each site

IMMERSION SITES

  • Major cities in the United States
  • Transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.
    • Students are encouraged to choose a city in close proximity to their hometown. 
  • 2015 SITES AND DATES

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This covers food, housing, and supplies, and will be assessed through student accounts during March or April. If you are accepted into the seminar and decide not to participate after November 9, 2014, you will be charged the full seminar fee.

Additional spending money: $75

Airfare

  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the location, but not while on the immersion.

  • If needing to travel by air, air travel must be confirmed with the seminar director by the end of November.

  • Scholarships are available

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THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Urban Plunge will meet on Monday nights from 7–8:30 p.m. starting the week of November 10 to December 8 with a follow-up meeting in January.
  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.

  • You will receive more specific details about your experience during preparation classes

  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts.

  • Student leaders and your seminar director will be your liaison with community partner contacts.

  • Lodging is provided – you will be responsible for your own bedding

  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Urban Plunge 2015 application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 31, 2014.

  • Application process is a general application which can be found here when open.

  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.

  • Notification of seminar placement will happen on or before Monday October 25—please note that the credits earned in the class will be applied to your spring semester.

  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.

  • With questions about your application, email seminars@nd.edu.

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CONTACTS

 

Melissa Marley Bonnichsen

Codirector

 

Kyle Lantz

Codirector

 

 

 

 

 

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