L.O.V.E.: Social Justice Immersion Experiences

As Manhattan College's social justice immersion program, LOVE provides opportunities for students to learn about justice issues in the communities that are most impacted by them.

  • LOVE Program: Social Justice Immersion Experiences

    LOVE is Manhattan College’s social justice immersion program. Participants learn about social justice in preparation for their experience. On the trips, students are immersed in the local community through experiences with partner organizations. Students are encouraged to bring what they experience back to campus to engage in local service and advocacy.

What is LOVE?

The LOVE program brings Manhattan College students to a new place to learn about social justice. On the experience, we wake up early, meet with community & nonprofit organizations, and spend the whole day engaging with justice issues relevant to the residents who live there. Our evenings are spent together in group reflections. During the week we will live simply and step outside of our comfort zones. 

Requirements for student participants in the LOVE program:

  • Applicant must be a Manhattan College student in good academic and judicial standing with the college and good financial standing with the LOVE program.
  • Must be able to commit fully to the program following the first mandatory meeting.
  • Participatein 8 mandatory pre-trip and 3 mandatory post-trip meetings once a week (1.5 hours each) with your team leading up to the experience.
  • Participate actively in group, team & individual fundraising efforts.
  • Plan a post trip project with your team to help engage the campus community with the city and justice issues you learned about. 
  • All participants are required to have the Key to NYC designation (show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine). Many of the venues we will be visiting require full vaccination. Therefore, we are asking all participants to be fully vaccinated.


LOVE social justice immersion experiences take place over Winter, Spring & Summer breaks.

  • Winter Break


    Immigration Justice

    January 14 - 17, 2022

    New York City & surrounding area

    Join us for an immersion experience to explore Immigration Justice. You will gain a deeper understanding about immigration and systems that govern immigration from a variety of perspectives. Our Lasallian values will guide our efforts to understand the motivations for migration, the experience of migration, and the challenges faced by migrants. The group will take day trips to meet with non-profit partners, visit museums, attend community meetings and more.  The trip is based in the tri-state area and will also give participants the chance to virtually connect to migrant justice community leaders in Tucson and El Paso.

    • All participants will stay on campus and move in the evening of January 13th.  
    • Program Cost: $150
    • Applications are due Tuesday, October 12th at 11:59pm
  • Spring Break

    Theme To Be Determined

    March 12-15, 2022

    New York City & surrounding area

    The group will take day trips to meet with non-profit partners, visit museums, attend community meetings and more.  

    • All participants will stay on campus and move in the evening of March 11th. 
  • Summer Break

    No Trips Avaliable At This Time

    Check back soon for more information



Application Procedure:

  1. Submit a $25 refundable (if not placed on an LOVE experience at this time) deposit at the time of your application. You can pay online here and put your name and "LOVE DEPOSIT" in the comment field.
  2. Submit the below application by 11:59 p.m. on the corresponding due date below.
    • Winter 2021: October 12, 2021
  3. The LOVE administrators and student leaders will review all applications and determine which experience is the best fit for each student. No students are guaranteed to be placed on a particular trip. Anyone who is not able to be placed on an experience at this time will be notified via email.
  4. Students will recieve an email notifying them of their application and acceptance status.
  5. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jacquie Martin at jacquie.martin@manhattan.edu or 718-862-7477
  6. Applications will not be considered until all requirements are fulfilled.

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