Service & Immersion

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Immersion Trips

University Ministry immersion trips provide experiences of direct service rooted in relationship. They offer students the opportunity to work for the common good, encounter new realities, and reflect on their experiences in the context of a diverse community.

What are Immersions?

Immersions are key experiences of a transformative Jesuit and Mercy education rooted in social justice. These experiences include manual labor, cultural learning, relationship building, and daily prayer and reflection. They offer a life-long path for our students to become persons for others, and we believe that performing them changes the world.

If you are a colleague interested in accompanying students on any of the immersion experiences, apply today!

Alternative Winter Break (AWB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

During winter break and spring break, students travel to locations throughout the United States to engage in direct service. Students build community, reflect and share work with communities affected by injustice. They immerse themselves issues of social justice. Apply today!

International Service Experience (ISE)

Righty after second semester finals, students travel to an international location where they immerse themselves in a new culture and cultivate their sense of openness and trust. Apply today!

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Discover the D

Every month, visit a new part of Detroit and go out for lunch in the city!

Past Discover the D trips have included the Heidelberg Project, Eastern Market, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The city of Detroit has so much to offer!

Sign-up in the Ministry office accross from the Bookstore, or email

Mystery Trip

Without knowing where they were going or in what type of service they would engage, students they commit to service and accompaniment wherever it leads the week after second semester finals. We ask you come as you are, with a heart prepared to enter an unfamiliar place. No details are given until the week before the trip. Apply today!

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where students are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.

Over three days in Washington, D.C., students will listen to inspiring speakers, participate in break-out sessions, pray together, and spend a morning on Capitol Hill.

The 2016 Teach-In will take place November 12-14, 2016.

Check out the Ignatian Solidarity Network website and contact Jon at or 313-993-1560 for more information!

NOTE: UDM students and affiliates must register through UDM's University Ministry office, NOT directly through the Ignatian Family Teach-In national website.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

"I consider it a duty to work for human rights. It is the duty of every human being who has the sensibility to the suffering of people."
–Segundo Montes, a Jesuit martyr from El Salvador


“Students must let the gritty reality of the world into their lives to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering, and engage in it constructively.”
–Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, The former Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Service Opportunities

Detroit Mercy is distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities. Whether it's for one afternoon, one week, or all semester, all of our service opportunities will develop your leadership skills even as they give you an incredible, transforming experience of serving those in need, often in another cultural setting. Plus, you'll have fun with other students while you're at it!

Service in the city

Every Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and two Saturdays a month from 9 a.m. to noon, University Ministry will be taking a group of students out to different service sites to serve others and get to know the local community. If you would like to sign up or have any other questions or concerns, you can contact Jon at

Current Students service learning

See the Institute for Leadership and Service for more information on other service learning opportunities at Detroit Mercy.

Post-graduate service programs

What are you doing after graduation? Are you still trying to figure this out?

Have you ever considered volunteering for a year or two after graduation?

You have lots of choices even after you commit to doing service. There are many programs that are available to men and women who want to make a commitment. We recommend joining ones sponsored by the founders of our university, the Jesuits and the Sisters of Mercy.

Each is committed to the pursuit of justice within a faith context, community and simple lifestyle. Be a part of something bigger. You can find your personal niche while staying connected. The experience goes beyond the year(s) which you serve. The opportunities are diverse and the experience is in common.

If that sounds like you, check out the websites below or contact University Ministry at 313-993-1560.

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Jesuit Volunteer Corps
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Mercy Volunteer Corps
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service