Saint Louis University

What is the role of a student leader on an immersion trip?

Student leaders work closely with the staff facilitators and host organizations to make SLU's immersion trips possible. Before and after the trip they are responsible for organizing the other participants for fundraisers and working with the staff facilitators to plan and run the four pre-trip meetings that are required to help the group get ready for the immersion experience. While on immersion the student leader helps with the day to day logistics, but more importantly helps their fellow students enter into the experience through both through modeling how to engage the members of the communities we visit and leading formal discussions.
To help student leaders engage these responsibilities they are required to attend 4 one-hour training sessions during the fall semester that will cover Catholic Social Teaching, tools for social analysis, how "immersion" serves the mission of the University and practical skills for leading group discussions.
In recognition of their role in making the immersion experience possible, student leaders will receive a $400 scholarship to pay for all or part of the cost of their trip.

To be eligible to apply for a leadership position you must:

  • Have attended an immersion trip.
  • Be a junior or senior (3rd/4th year).

For more information about becoming a student leader, contact John Burke at burkejf@slu.edu or 314-977-1532.