Kathleen Quiazon

Director of Mission & Ministry

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Deidre Savino

Campus Minister for Social Justice & Immersions

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Karen Yavorsky

Campus Minister for Retreats & Ongoing Spiritual Development

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Immersion is a powerful learning tool that surrounds a person with the culture and experience. It develops human relationships and creates understandings of environmental sustainability, solidarity and compassion between individuals and communities. Immersion moves people to confront essential questions of peace and justice, freedom, the human condition our our world.

Why Immersion at NDSJ?

St. Julie Billiart and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur model a commitment to education for life. Notre Dame women have “hearts as wide as the world.”

NDSJ Justice Immersion Outcomes

  • Education - Learn about the various contexts of a community (social, political, cultural, etc.)
  • Community - Develop relationships with students, adults and members of the community.
  • Reflection - Reflect and discern personal discoveries about self, other and God.
  • Action - Challenge self to live simply, stretch beyond comfort zones and value each person.
  • Witness - Witness and advocate for justice and social change.
Trip Name


Grade Levels Approximate
Trip Fees
 Local Plunges
Central Coast Plunge: From Grasslands to the Fisheries Monterey Bay, California All Grades $450

October 21-23, 2016

Neighborhood Plunge: Women Facing Poverty in Downtown San Jose Downtown San Jose, California Freshmen Only $35 January, 2017
 Urban Plunge: East LA - Dolores Mission /  Homeboy Industries Los Angeles, California All Grades $450

Semester break: January 12-14, 2017

Urban Plunge: Tenderloin, San Francisco San Francisco, California  All Grades  $35 April 13, 2017

National Immersions

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Washington D.C. Sophomores

November 10-14, 2016

Recovery on the Bayou

New Orleans, Louisiana

$1,400 Spring break: April 15-21, 2017

International Immersions

Central America

Justice Immersion: Sisters in El Salvador Yancolo, Morazan and San Salvador, El Salvador Juniors $2,400 Summer break: June 16-25, 2017

Alternative Immersion Trips  

Though not endorsed by, or connected to, Notre Dame High School, we have had students report good experiences with these organizations:

  • Santa Clara Valley Amigos: A community program that offers immersion experiences that are not connected to the Notre Dame Immersion Program.
  • Rustic Pathways: "We empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world."

The online application is currently available.  Please fill out and submit the online application and, if desired, the request for financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply for their top two or three choices to increase chances of placement on a trip. Every effort will be made to place students in their first choice but space is limited. Priority will be given to those applications submitted early.

After the priority deadline, campus ministry reviews all applications to determine trip placement. Special consideration will be given to first time participants, especially seniors. A lottery system will be used to determine trip placements when interest exceeds trip capacity.

Students submitting applications by the priority deadline will be notified of trip placement in the middle of June. Students submitting applications by the regular deadline will be notified of trip placement in the fall.

Eligible students not placed on a trip will be placed on a wait list. Campus ministry will continue to accept applications as space allows.

If you have questions, please E-mail Ms. Savino at dsavino@ndsj.org.

Once you have received notification of placement on a justice immersion trip, you must confirm your acceptance within one week to guarantee your spot.

To confirm your placement you must complete all three of the following steps.

  1. READ the justice immersion policy and procedure information provided with your acceptance.
  2. Fill out and SUBMIT the online registration form.
  3. Submit payment.  Payment links can be found in the application form or the financial information section below.

Remember, registration is complete ONLY when ALL THREE STEPS are finished. Students who do not confirm placement within one week are at risk of losing their placement.  If you are unable to accept placement for any reason, inform campus ministry as soon as possible.

Costs are designed to cover the full experience— transportation, housing, meals, trip leaders and any additional program costs. The costs are reflective of “simple living” and cover basic living needs. Financial aid is available, depending on need. Financial aid request information is included at the end of the application form.

 Justice Immersion Payment Links:

New Orleans
San Francisco's Tenderloin
Sisters in El Salvador

If you have any questions or concerns regarding justice immersion applications, please contact Deidre Savino, campus minister for social justice and immersions via E-mail at dsavino@ndsj.org or (408) 294-1113, ext. 2193 or Ms. Cathy Kuebler via E-mail at ckuebler@ndsj.org.

Students are expected to have open hearts, minds and hands to the FULL process and experience, including simple living, reflection and prayer. Each student must be in good standing and up-to-date with all academic, service and discipline obligations. Each student must attend all pre-trip meetings and complete paperwork by set deadlines. All immersion students will participate in the Solidarity Dinner, as well as post-trip advocacy and witness activities.

Parents should be willing to support daughter with prayer and encouragement and must be willing to make the financial commitment, and/or request supplemental financial aid for their daughter's trip. Parents must complete paperwork by set deadlines and support and attend the Solidarity Dinner.

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