Service Immersion Program

The Service Immersion Program (SIP) is designed to actively engage Temple University students in meaningful experiences that foster cultural awareness, global understanding, and social responsibility through learning, service and reflection. Our model is based on the work of BreakAway, a leader in supporting assets-based community engagement for alternative breakers across the country. Our programs are designed to be staff supported and student-led, with 2 student Experience Leaders and 1-2 Staff Advisors assigned to each group of 10-12 student participants.

In years past, we have travelled to work in community with the Oglala Lakota Nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, with organizations that support new immigrants, refugees and the undocumented in El Paso, Texas, with indigenous communities in Guatemala and Ecuador, with organizations that support the differently-abled in Mobile, Alabama, and more. In 2020-21 we are excited to continue our work, health and safety regulations, permitting, with our community partners across the US and to build partnership and leverage new opportunities with existing community partners here in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

2020-2021 Community Focus Areas:

  • Climate Change
  • Enviromental Justice
  • Equity & Advocacy in the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Immigration
  • School to Prison Pipeline

Look for more details, dates for virtual info sessions and the participant application in January 2021!

Please contact Assistant Director of Student Involvement, Arielle Greenwald, with any questions or for more information.