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Social Concerns Seminar:

Migrant Experiences

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OVERVIEW

The goal of the Migrant Seminar is to introduce students to the cultural and social issues surrounding migrant farm labor through experiential learning. Such learning creates a strong foundation of knowledge through direct participation, allowing the development of relationships capable of revealing the diversity, culture, and life challenges of migrant farm workers.

Exploration into the plight of migrant farm workers begins in the mandatory preparatory class sessions involving presentations, discussions, videos, and selected readings. The Seminar centers on a week-long trip to Immokalee, Florida during the semester break.

Explore Exposure Values: The Immokalee Justice Project. In this exhibit, Notre Dame student Matthew Searle went to the farming region of Immokalee, Florida, to document the lives and experiences of its residents. (Flash player required).

 

Immersion DatesSaturday, March 7–Sunday, March 15, 2015

 

Size: 15 students

Cost: $290

  • Covers transportation, food, housing, and supplies.

  • It will be assessed through student accounts during March or April.

  • If you are accepted into the seminar and decide not to participate after February 2, 2015, you will be charged the full seminar fee.

     

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Things to note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.

  • You will receive more specific details from your site leader during preparation classes.

  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts. Meals are provided throughout travel to and from your immersion location. You will have a limited budget for meals which will be enough to eat simply and be well nourished.

  • Site leaders will be liaison with community partner contacts.

  • Lodging varies depending on the site–you will likely be responsible for your own bedding,

  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course.

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Application Process

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Only students who are in good academic standing with the University are eligible for participation.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing with the University.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you have read the drug and alcohol agreement.
  • You will be notified by e-mail about your acceptance status no later than January 26, 2015.

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The following websites may be of interest:

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CONTACT

 

Melissa Marley Bonnichsen

Seminar Director

 

 

 

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