CSA created a series of day-long immersion trips to different parts of L.A. targeted at first year students. These immersions provide an opportunity for first year students to get to know L.A. through a social justice lens and meet other first year students also passionate about service. Each immersion is focused on a particular community in L.A., highlights one specific social injustice that is prevalent, and then connects students with local nonprofits and activists who are actively working against these injustices in their community. The goal is to uplift the justice work already being done in these communities, and offer students an opportunity to become more educated about the issue and get involved, all while exploring Los Angeles and meeting new people.
Gentrification Immersion in Inglewood
Students are taken on a driving a tour around the new Rams/Charger Stadium in Inglewood, meet with local organizers from Uplift Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute to talk about the gentrification and transit justice issues that arose as a result of the new developments, and then conclude with lunch at a local taco truck!
Restorative Justice Immersion in Boyle Heights
Students meet with Fr. Brendan Busse S.J., pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, to hear about their restorative justice work in the community and their other social ministries such as Guadalupe Homeless Project. Students then visit Homeboy Industries where they meet with trainees of the program to learn more about Fr. Greg Boyle's mission of kinship, and hear their stories of transformation while being at Homeboy.
Food Justice Immersion in South L.A.
Students learn about food deserts in South L.A. and meet with organizers at Community Health Council and L.A. Food Policy Council who are working for food justice and health care policy in South L.A. Students learned about the community's effort to promote social justice by improving the health and well-being of under-resourced populations and communities like their own. Students then visit With Love Market and Cafe, a community owned market, cafe, and nonprofit to enjoy locally grown food and support local business.
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