Urban Immersion Program
A Commitment to Social Justice
The Urban Immersion Program is designed to educate students about the fair and just relationship between an individual and society for resources and opportunities.
The project guides and motivates students to alleviate suffering caused by systemic injustice. Participants learn about social responsibility through service projects, special events and dialogue. The project is open to Elmhurst students in any major.
We offer three opportunities each year for involvement on a local, national or global level.
- In the fall we offer our time and energy to a local church to help clergy and staff meet neighborhood needs
- In the spring we travel to a city such as Detroit, Indianapolis or the Twin Cities for a weekend service project. We aim to help residents suffering from injustices such as discrimination or blocked access to services
- Each spring break we travel to Jamaica, where the College has longstanding ties, to serve a community. In collaboration with The Weigand Center for Professional Excellence, we travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica to work with children in the Robin’s Nest orphanage. Students learn about a different culture and contribute to the community’s welfare.
Social Justice Internship
Each term, the Niebuhr Center hosts one student as our social justice intern. This unpaid internship provides an opportunity for a student, no matter their course of study, to gain skills in networking, planning service projects, and leading reflective dialogue.
The internship is a great experience for students looking to connect to social service agencies, provide resources to people in need, and bring justice to our communities. The Social Justice Intern can tailor the service projects to his or her interests. The internship may be taken for academic credit.
Check out these local organizations to learn more about how to get involved in social justice activities, internships, and even jobs beyond the Elmhurst College campus.
8th Day Center for Social Justice
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Compassionate Care Network
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Evangelicals for Social Action
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
The Night Ministry
The Outreach House
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Bretheren Volunteer Service
Catholic Volunteer Network—a searchable database for more service programs
Global Mission Fellows (UMC)
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteers
Quaker Voluntary Service
St. Joseph Worker Program
UCC Young Adult Service Communities
Meet Alyssa Crile ’18, this Semester’s Social Justice Intern
Alyssa is a a senior psychology and sociology double major and social work minor.
I pride myself in being an advocate for others and I look forward to this position giving me the chance to put my drive into action. I hope to be able to educate and inspire our community into making a positive change!Alyssa Crile ’18