Urban Plunge: Church and Social Action

Social Concerns Seminar

Urban Plunge

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The Urban Plunge is a one-credit, experiential-learning course designed to give students a brief but important opportunity to engage with communities experiencing poverty in U.S. cities. With sites in most major cities, students will spend two to four days in a city near their hometown with the chance of spending time with people who face the challenges of poverty and the organizations and those who work to support them and/or work to eradicate this inequity. Leading up to and during this immersion, students will examine the root causes of poverty in urban areas focusing on dimensions such as opportunity, race, mental health, faith-based efforts, gender, housing, criminal justice system, and employment.

January Immersions

  • Immersions will be two to four day period between January 2–12, 2019, with the dates varying due to the different needs and availability of our community partners.
  • Locations are in many major cities in the United States.
  • Students are encouraged to choose a city in close proximity to their hometown. Transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student. (Financial assistance for travel may be available, e.g. train or air travel. Please contact Greg White to inquire about possible assistance.)
  • Some students may be asked to provide transportation while on the immersion, but this agreement will be made only on a volunteer basis.
  • Available spots vary with each community partner depending on their lodging and programming capacity. For specific information regarding the capacity of the partner in your city, please contact uplunge@nd.edu.


Seminar Fee

  • $150 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar (please contact Greg White for inquiries regarding financial assistance) 
  • This fee offsets the cost of food, housing, and supplies associated with the immersion.
  • The fee will be assessed through Student Accounts in late January 2019. 
  • Additional recommended spending money: $75

Things to Note

  • Urban Plunge will meet on Monday nights from 7–8:30 p.m. starting the week of November 5 to December 3 with 1–2 follow-up meetings in January.
  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details about your experience during preparation classes.
  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts.
  • Student leaders and your seminar director will be your liaison with community partner contacts.
  • Lodging is provided. You will be responsible for your own bedding.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up. 


Application Process: 
  • Complete the general application linked below.
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of site placement will happen following the closing of the application. 
  • Please note that the credits earned in the class will be applied to your spring semester.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email uplunge@nd.edu.



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