Magis, the Ignatian ideal of more, asks people to go deeper and pay more intimate attention to their feelings, experiences and significant relationships with God and others.
The Magis Immersion and Justice Program puts this ideal into practice. By joining, students agree to advocate, fundraise and pray for and with our partners in developing countries and immigrant communities.
The focus of these trips is on building relationships, cultivating awareness of social justice and engaging in reflection and solidarity with the poor.
Participation in Magis is open to all Georgetown University undergraduate students of all religious traditions. Graduate students may participate if space is available.
Magis trip are offered as part of the Center for Social Justice’s Alternative Breaks Program (ABP). To learn more or to apply for one of the following trips, please visit the ABP website.
DOMESTIC IMMERSION EXPERIENCES
Economic Justice in Baltimore
Racial and economic inequalities have been a part of Baltimore history since slavery. The Magis Racial & Economic Justice in Baltimore trip seeks to explore issues of racial and class inequality through various structural and institutional forms of injustice including housing policies, religious orders, and access to health and wellness resources.
Baltimore is known for it’s charm through art, music and strong neighborhood identities, many of which organizations are using to promote justice and peace. Participants will also have the opportunity to make meaning of the ways in which these macro forms of oppression manifest in relationships among Baltimoreans today. Along with the community, participants will identify their own racial and social class identities, while creating a bridge of social justice between the Interstate 95 corridor.
Deconstructing Islamophobia and Religious Discrimination
Deconstructing Islamophobia and Religious Discrimination is an intensive experience in Washington, DC. Students on this ABP trip will deepen their knowledge and understanding of religious discrimination and hate as a social justice issue, with a particular focus on Islamophobia. The trip will explore how interfaith organizations, faith leaders, and the government combat religious prejudice. Students will also investigate the impact of such discrimination on communities and society and learn about strategies to build bridges and understanding.
Journey: The Search for Home
Migration permeates history and affects communities across the globe. Specifically, the Jewish people have experienced centuries of mobility, at times fleeing from slavery and persecution. Magis Journey draws from the Jewish migrant experience to think critically about immigration in New York and the District of Columbia today. Magis Journey involves exploring the experience of movement, dialoguing with NY and DC migrants and refugees, evaluating policy, and taking action. The trip will include visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Participants will delve into alternative understandings of movement like the Immigrant Artist Program and service learning through teaching. Magis Journey seeks to go deeper by grounding itself in a spirituality that seeks justice. Throughout the week, group discussions will explore the parallel between a search for a new home and the spiritual search. Taking the Jewish narrative as a guiding point, all participants are encouraged to dive deeper into their own identity as migrants.
INTERNATIONAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCES
The private healthcare system in India fails to fully address the needs of modern society. Furthermore, especially in regards to mental health, there is stigma against seeking care. Magis: India begins a conversation about healthcare access for the marginalized in Mumbai, specifically mental health patients, trafficked women and children, and gender minorities. As a collaborative trip between the Office of Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Justice, through Magis: India, participants explore the cultural and societal factors that have created this healthcare disparity and how each participant’s identity relates to this issue. Between cultural immersion in Mumbai and opportunities to reflect on each day’s experience, participants will come to know what is being done to provide healthcare access to the marginalized at every level, from prevention to rehabilitation to advocacy. Magis: India encourages participants not only to examine health care access as it exists in Mumbai, but also to discover how their identities fit into the power dynamics of this access, both in India and in Washington, D.C.
The main theme of Magis Jamaica is the exploration of the growing wealth gap between the rich and the poor as a global phenomenon, made apparently visible in Jamaica’s current economic climate. We will witness the stark contrast between a booming tourist industry of luxury and consumerism and the persistent obstacles of violence, poverty, and national debt. In conversation with our hosts and with each other, we will explore the legacy of Western Colonization and the Atlantic Slave Trade in Jamaica, and consider the meaning of community engagement and economic justice rooted in a conviction of universal human dignity. This experience is a faith and justice collaboration between the Office of Campus Ministry and the Alternative Breaks Program of the Center for Research, Teaching, and Service at Georgetown University. CSJ and Campus Ministry staff co-lead the trip with student leaders, and participants commit to exploring economic and social justice in conversation with practices and legacies of faith.
Kino Border Immersion (KBI) seeks to humanize experiences of migration and the effects of oppressive cycles in the Arizona border region and beyond. Through a framework of faith and solidarity, the trip will engage with the intersectional experiences of various actors, including immigrant families, day laborers, and undocumented youth, as well as indigenous people, ranchers, and law enforcement. Participants will visit a migrant shelter, a deportation hearing, and a workers’ center to bear witness to the impacts of the U.S. border and immigration system, and will further explore how communities use art, organizing, and education to resist and liberate themselves from those systems. Ultimately, by engaging the Jesuit values of social justice and contemplation in action, participants in KBI will grow in a commitment to sustained activism and conscience in solidarity with the migrant justice movement.
Peru: A Faculty and Staff Immersion Experience
The Peru Immersion Experience is a global immersion program for faculty and staff rooted in the University’s commitment to integrating learning, faith, and justice. The purpose of the program is to provide members of the Georgetown community an opportunity to investigate and reflect on the meaning of work and life at Georgetown as a Catholic and Jesuit university by exploring and learning from the justice-oriented work of the Society of Jesus and its partners elsewhere in the world. This Magis experience builds on the legacy of Georgetown’s immersion program in Kenya that occurred annually from 2004 to 2013, involving over 100 faculty and staff participants.
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