Director of Mission & Ministry
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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.
| Local Plunges
|Central Coast Plunge: From Grasslands to the Fisheries||Monterey Bay, California||All Grades||$450||
|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||
|Urban Plunge: Tenderloin, San Francisco||San Francisco, California||All Grades||$350||Spring break: April 13-15, 2017|
|Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice||Washington D.C.||Sophomores
|Recovery on the Bayou||
|$1,400||Spring break: April 15-21, 2017|
Central America (we will have only one (1) of the following:)
|Justice Immersion: Sisters in El Salvador||Yancolo, Morazan and San Salvador, El Salvador||Juniors||$2,400||To be decided: June, 2017|
|Justice Immersion: Nicaragua||Managua, Matagalpa, and Granada, Nicaragua||Juniors||$2,400||To be decided: June, 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:
The online application will be available on (insert date). 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.
Once you have received notification of placement on a justice immersion trip, you must confirm your acceptance within two weeks to guarantee your spot.
To confirm your placement you must complete all five of the following steps.
- READ the justice immersion policy and procedure information provided with your acceptance.
- Fill out and SUBMIT the online registration form.
- After submitting, PRINT the confirmation page.
- SIGN the printed confirmation with both student and parent signatures and TURN IT IN to campus ministry.
- Submit a DEPOSIT via the online deposit payment link.
Remember, registration is complete ONLY when ALL FIVE STEPS are finished. Students who do not confirm placement within two weeks are at risk of losing their placement. If you are unable to accept placement for any reason, inform campus ministry as soon as possible.
Once your registration and deposit are received, you are financially responsible for the cost of the trip.
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.
Payment Links will be available after October 1, 2016.
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 or (408) 294-1113, ext. 2193 or Ms. Cathy Kuebler via E-mail.
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.