Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Alternative Break Immersion (ABI): Freedom Ride

Alternate Break Immersion April 20th.

(Photo: 2012 ABI group at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama)

Program Overview

Offered in partnership between Campus Ministry and the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, the Freedom Ride ABI offers students a unique opportunity to explore parallels and connections between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and current-day social justice movements.

Students enroll in a one-credit UNIV 102 course during the spring semester*, where they will learn about key events and themes of the civil rights movement; study the evolution of the immigration rights, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) equity, and racial justice movements; and, examine the role of identity and community in social change. (*Students must enroll in and pass the course in order to participate in the immersion trip. Course meeting dates will be listed in the course catalog for spring semester course registration.)

This exploration culminates in a seven-day road trip, inspired by the monumental 1961 Freedom Rides through the Deep South, during which students will visit historical landmarks, educational museums, and community organizations, as well as meet with local community members and leaders. Through this immersion experience, students will gain deeper understanding of how to work in solidarity to address current-day injustices and inequities.

For more information, contact Joseph Saucedo at jsaucedo4@luc.edu.  

UNIV 102 Course Information

The UNIV 102 course associated with the ABI is designed as a seminar and will include brief lectures and presentations, short readings and writing, and experiential learning activities. Attendance, appropriate participation and active engagement are all essential. Because this course is a complement to the ABI trip, the focus will be on preparing students for the immersion experience; thus, exploration of themes and concepts will begin during the course sessions and extend into the trip itself.

View the syllabus: Freedom Ride ABI: Spring 2013 Course Syllabus (Note: The syllabus for this course is subject to change from year to year.)

How to Apply

Students interested in participating on the Freedom Ride ABI apply through Campus Ministry. Note: Applications for the Spring 2014 trip will be available in August.