Service & Immersion

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.

To support our students on their service immersion trips, donate here.

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.

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.  

The Detroit Mercy Service Immersion program offers students the opportunity to participate in service immersion trips centered around service and learning. Each trip has a different focus that encompasses a social justice issue of that region. The service immersion trips are offered over the winter break, spring break, and in April/May after classes conclude. The cost is dependent upon the location and covers transportation, lodging, meals, and a donation to the host organization. Trips are led by a student leader and a faculty, staff or alum of the University. 

If you would like to apply for one of our service immersion trips please complete an application and bring it to the University Ministry office located in the Student Union Building. All applications must be turned in with a deposit.

For more information about service immersion trips please contact Erin McDonald, CSJ, University Minister for Service and Social Justice at

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.

If you are interested in applying to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Conference please fill out this application and return to the University Ministry Office, which is located on the first floor of the Student Union.

If you have any questions, please contact University Minister for Service and Social Justice Erin McDonald, SSJ, at

Check out the Ignatian Solidarity Network website and call 313-993-1560 for more information!

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 one Saturday a month, 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 Billy Myers 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.