Magis Immersion Experiences

Students with Reverend Harris in Jamaica for Magis

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 communities here at home and abroad.

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

Magis Atlanta (New)

Atlanta is a hub of rich culture and religious roots, located in the South where the Civil Rights Movement began and where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. Atlanta is also the nation’s second-largest majority-black metro area, only after New York City. Magis Atlanta aspires to explore the intersection of racial injustice and faith activism. Throughout the trip, we hope to understand how leaders such as King used religious and faith-based communities as instrumental tools in either advancing racial justice or creating unified communities to address these injustices. We also want to understand how this may take place today and how other leaders of the community use religious and faith-based practices to address racial injustice. Magis Atlanta intends to meet those facing racial injustice including religious centers of all sizes, both religious and non-religious non-profits, activist groups, among other communities. With Georgetown being a Jesuit institution, we want to understand how we can use Jesuit and other religious values or resources to address racial injustice in order to help care for ourselves and others.

Magis DC (new)

What makes a “home?” Both elusive and taken for granted, the human desire for “home” rests at the heart of many political and economic dilemmas as well as interpersonal and spiritual struggles. On this Alternative Spring Break, we will grapple with what the definition of home is for each of us, and for the world. We will sit down with many religious, secular, and interfaith actors and organizations who work in myriad ways to build “homes” for others. We will learn from those who meet the basic needs of the community; activists on homelessness, gentrification, and environment. We will engage with members of the community who dig deep to articulate one’s home amidst the cosmos, such as teachers, religious leaders, and interfaith practitioners. Throughout the week, students will be invited to compare these perspectives while encountering their own understandings of what home consists of, from material, geographic, social, and spiritual angles. Underlying these issues is the question of what it means to be a “neighbor;” students will consider the ways in which we live in community with diverse others and what responsibilities we have to build a common home. These immersive experiences will encourage critical thinking, development of interfaith dialogue skills, and reflection on Georgetown’s values of “Contemplation in Action” and “Interreligious Understanding.”

Global Immersion Experiences

Magis India

In India, disparities between the rich and the poor continue to grow, particularly in regards to public health outcomes. Rather than viewing healthcare as an isolated issue, Magis India looks at the intersectional causes of healthcare issues in and around New Delhi. In particular, participants will study the Yamuna River and how environmental injustice leads to greater health disparities. As a collaborative trip between the Office of Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Justice, through Magis India, participants explore the religious, cultural, and societal factors that have created health and environmental disparities, as well as how each participant’s identity relates to this issue. Between immersion in New Delhi and understanding links to tourism, especially at the Taj Mahal, participants will come to understand the role of systems of oppression in furthering this injustice, reflect on the responsibility each of us have as individuals within these systems, and learn about the work that is being done to combat this injustice. Magis India encourages participants not only to examine the causes of public health crises as they exist in India, but also how their identities fit into the power dynamics of this and other crises, both in India, in Washington D.C., and in the places they call home.

Magis Kino Border Immersion

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.

Magis DR

Magis Dominican Republic seeks to deepen participants’ understanding of migration and the social justice issues surrounding life in a border area. Magis Dominican Republic engages with the community living on the DR-Haiti border, embodying the Ignatian concept of more, or Magis, calling participants to go deeper and reflect on their experiences with others. By listening to and interacting with Dominican and Haitian residents, participants will witness a dynamic border region and focus on understanding the challenges facing Haitian immigrants and Dominican farm workers. Visits to local schools, non-profits, plantations, and the Bi-National Market will shed light on the ongoing social justice issues and innovative solutions of the Northern border area. Magis DR  will focus on the ways power, privilege and oppression present themselves in this cultural context of communities at the border, with a focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and other intersecting identities. Ultimately, Magis Dominican Republic will educate participants on a complex and fascinating region, challenging them to think critically about the role borders play in the Caribbean, in North America, and across the globe.

Magis Peru (new)

Magis Peru will connect engaged and interested Georgetown students with local leaders across Peru who are developing community-based solutions to broad societal problems. Students will leave Peru inspired by the essential work of our community partners and equipped with the tools to lead and support similar initiatives in their own communities after they leave the Hilltop. Participants will travel around Lima and the surrounding areas, guided by representatives and students from Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, a sister Jesuit university to Georgetown in Lima. Throughout the week, participants will witness local problem-solving from a variety of approaches in an array of subject areas. For example, participants will see how local leaders tackle issues like improving urban housing, composting waste in crowded environments, educating children in rural areas, and preserving indigenous cultural heritage. Participants will stay with and learn from community members and partners during the trip, all while pushing each other to challenge preconceived notions and consider how to address issues in their  own communities, whether physical or identity-based. Magis Peru is ideal for students interested in justly supporting community voices and problem-solving on the local scale. The trip will be of particular interest to students with a focus in Latin America and the particular challenges the region faces, though no prior experience is required.

Magis Cuba (new)

Music is a universal language that allows us to connect with people on a deep, spiritual level. Through the Magis Cuba immersion, we hope to use music and jam sessions throughout the week as an entry point to connect with and learn about many of the communities the Jesuits in Cuba work with. As we build community amongst Georgetown participants and residents of Havana through the shared medium of music and community partner visits, we hope to center the voices and experiences of the Cuban people. Together, we’ll explore the power of music to both express and reinforce cultural contexts, and how the magis encourages us to accompany and be in solidarity. Musical expertise is not expected; a willingness to participate in music jam sessions is required.