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.

 Participant Applications for 2020-21 are closed.

Experience Leader Applications for 2021-22 are closed.

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


2020-2021 Service Immersion Program Community Focus Areas:

Climate Change


Climate Change, in partnership with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education; led by Shay Ramaswamy and Nik Collins

Watch a short informational video from Shay & Nik about their SIP!

Environmental Justice


Environmental Justice, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability at Temple; led by Gracie Heim.

Watch a short informational video from Gracie about her SIP!


Equity & Advocacy in the LGBTQ+ Community

Advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ community (with a particular focus on mental health), in partnership with William Way LGBT Community Center and the Mazzoni Center; led by Anthony Gosch and Nyeemah Wright

Watch a short informational video from Anthony & Nyeemah about their SIP!


Immigration, in partnership with HIAS Pennsylvania and Cristo Rey Border Immersion Program led by Tajnia Hussain and Erin Knotek

Watch a short informational video from Tajnia & Erin about their SIP!

School to Prison Pipeline

School to Prison Pipeline, in partnership with the Darst Center for Justice & Peace; led by Julia Sidorsky and Abby Hong

Watch a short informational video from Julia & Abby about their SIP!