“Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.”
- Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Campus Ministry and IMAP have had a long tradition of offering students the opportunity to put themselves into the world to learn more deeply the values of justice, solidarity, simplicity, self-identity, and vocation. IMAP has always been rooted in the mission of Marquette University and the challenge set by the value of Service, “Marquette strives to develop men and women who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society.” This development takes more than just a trip to Belize, Ecuador, Haiti, South Africa, or anywhere in the world. It is a full year program of engagement, service, and reflection to understand our selves and the gritty reality we are facing, and to connect it all to the “gritty reality” of our local community and our university community.
IMAP’s goal is to walk with students who are transformed by their experience and who will transform the world in which they live — who will, in a phrase, become women and men for and with others. To do this, students will:
After applying and being selected for an IMAP trip you will participate in the pre-immersion preparation process. All students participating in IMAP will meet during the semester leading up to the individual trips. Each trip will be expected to attend a day retreat intended for team building and reflection on themes specific to the trip’s focus. All pre- and post-trip meetings are mandatory participation with no exceptions. These are opportunities for you to reflect, share and get to know one another, to learn more about the community you will be visiting, the current issues facing that community and to pass on details for trip preparation, travel, etc..
On your IMAP trip, you will be accompanied by one or two staff members who have been working with you during the pre-immersion portion of the program. Your IMAP group will be hosted by a local organization that will take care of the logistics for your stay. Each trip varies in terms of what activities you will participate in so please be open and flexible. IMAP: South Africa will also accept past participants from Latin American IMAP trips.
While the trip may have ended, IMAP is a journey that is never truly over. More than an end goal, we believe that the immersion itself is a starting point for ongoing reflective and critical engagement of the realities of our local and global community. For this reason, participants commit to meeting at least 3 times upon return from the trip to continue processing, sharing stories, and determining next steps toward integrating the immersion experience into life at Marquette University and beyond.