Faculty and Student Immersion Programs
Immersion Trip to Columbia
In the spring of 2009, the Center for the Human Rights of Children sponsored an immersion program in Colombia for graduate students interested in human rights issues in Latin America affecting children and youth. Participants spent a week interacting with advocates, practitioners, and academics, as well as local children, youth, and families. This included presentations and site visits to schools, community centers, and families, as well as an introduction to historical and cultural issues influencing the human rights of children in the region. A special focus was placed on issues facing indigenous children and the role of the Catholic Church, historically and in the contemporary world. Local child-serving agencies and educational institutions were collaborators in planning and executing the visits and experiences. Outcomes of the immersion program include heightened awareness of the situation of children in oppressed communities, as well as ideas for collaboration and research with on-site professionals.
Immersion Trip to Mexico
In May of 2008, The Center for the Human Rights of Children, alongside the Campus Ministry, co-sponsored an undergraduate immersion trip to Mexico. The Alternative Break Immersion program traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico and focused on the rights of indigenous children. Ten undergraduate students were accompanied by Former Center Director, Dr. James Garbarino, and the Center's Senior Program Consultant, Claire Bedard. The program was developed in collaboration with the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Development. Activities included visits with children and their families, as well as orphanages and education programs.