Temple University’s Service Immersion Programs held its first annual Open Mic Night on Tuesday, March 28th.
Participants, alumni, and friends came out to perform and fundraise for the trips, which will head out to their destinations this May after the semester ends. There are four different groups of students selected to volunteer. This year’s trips include El Paso, Mobile, a Native American reservation in South Dakota, and a small town in Guatemala. The students traveling out to El Paso, Texas will be actively engaged in immigration issues while they learn about the lives of those living on the U.S. and Mexican border.
Mobile, Alabama participants are exclusively Greek Life students. The trip is twofold, meaning one half of the trip is dedicated to understanding the history and culture of Mobile and the Civil Rights Movement. The second half focuses on service work within a community of intellectually-disabled individuals. The volunteers headed to Rosebud, South Dakota will become immersed in the social justice of America’s indigenous people. It will mark the 11th group of students to visit Rosebud through Temple’s Service Immersion Program. On the Rosebud Lakota Reservation, students learn about the history and culture of the Lakota tribe through service work, projects, and cultural events.
The common thread of these programs is the evening dedication to reflection and deeper understanding with student and faculty leaders. Program coordinators said that the Open Mic night was successful and that they raised a lot of money for the trips this year. Applications for next year’s trips open at the beginning of fall semester.