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 continued our work, health and safety regulations in place, with our community partners across the US and built new partnerships and leverage new opportunities with existing community partners here in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Read about our 2020-21 program in our Annual Program Report.

Participant Applications for 2021-22 OPEN on OwlConnect.

Applications for Staff Advisors are OPEN! Please find more information in the application available on OwlConnect.

Experience Leader Applications for 2021-22 are closed.

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

2021-22 Service Immersion Program Community Focus Areas:

Spring Break: Immigration

Immigration, in partnership with HIAS Pennsylvania and Cristo Rey Border Immersion Program led by Gracie Heim & Reema Patel.Tentative travel location: El Paso, TX.

Watch Gracie & Reema's video about this SIP!

Pre-departure sessions start January 18, 2022 and will take place for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 6-8pm on campus.

*please note that all plans are subject to change

Spring Break: Sustainability

Sustainability, led by Will Meade & Scarlett Catalfamo.

Tentative travel location: Asheville, NC

Watch Will & Scarlett's video about their SIP!

Pre-departure sessions start January 18, 2022 and will take place for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 6-8pm on campus.

*please note that all plans are subject to change

May 8 -13, 2022: Community Health

Community Health, led by Abby Hong & Akshitha Ag.

Tentative location: Philadelphia, PA

Watch Abby & Akshitha's video about their SIP!

*please note that all plans are subject to change

May 8 - 13, 2022: Ethical Consumption

Ethical Consumerism, led by Mason Dofflemyer & Kat Janeczko.

Tentative location: Philadelphia, PA

Watch Mason & Kat's video about their SIP!

*please note that all plans are subject to change

May 8-13,2022: Land Justice

Land Justice, led by Emma Read & George Snedden.

Tentative location: Philadelphia, PA

Watch Emma & George's video about their SIP!

*please note that all plans are subject to change

May 8-13, 2022: Education & Housing Justice (FSL community only)

Education & Housing Justice, led by Dennis Taner (Delta Chi) and Anna Vaughn (Alpha Xi Delta)

This experience is intended for members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at Temple University.

Tentative travel location: Philadelphia & Washington, DC

Check out Dennis & Anna's video about their SIP! 

*please note that all plans are subject to change