UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Nick Colby of Houston, Ohio, is among a group of John Carroll University students who recently traveled to the Jamaica region in January 2017 as part of immersion experiences sponsored by the university’s Office of Campus Ministry. Immersion experiences challenge students to engage the realities of the world while reflecting on the values of human dignity and servant leadership.
Students were assigned to one of three destinations during the university’s Winter Break. During the mission to Mandeville, Jamaica, John Carroll partnered with the Passionist Volunteers International, a year-long volunteer service program based primarily in Jamaica. Students have collaborated with members of various rural communities, visited Jamaicans in local infirmaries, HIV/AIDS clinics, afterschool literacy programs, and St. John Bosco Boys Home.
Other students went on missions in Nicaragua and on the U.S./Mexico border.
For the first time, John Carroll partnered with BorderLinks to offer an immersion experience to the US/Mexico border. While primarily based in Tucson, Arizona, students crossed into Mexico and spent two nights in the town of Agua Prieta. Students also met with public defenders and leaders from the People Helping People organization, visited a migrant resource center, took part in a border infrastructure tour, and engaged in a water drop exercise with No More Deaths.
John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.