Engaging Muslims, Countering Islamophobia

An interfaith immersion experience

Learn about Islam, and more importantly, about being Muslim in the U.S. at this point in history. Upon return, we hope students will become active agents in engaging Muslims and countering Islamophobia.

This interfaith immersion experience visits Dearborn and Hamtramck, Michigan (near Detroit), the places with the largest Muslim population in the U.S. The next trip will take place during Marquette's Easter break from April 6-10, 2023.


Each iteration of the trip may include the following:

  • Visit mosques
  • Meet scholars, religious leaders, politicians, and activists
  • Participate in a day of service project
  • Engage in daily reflection
  • Learn about Muslim life in America
  • Eat great ethnic food

Read reflections from students who participated in the Spring 2017 immersion. Please note, specific activities and meetings may change trip-to-trip.

Apply for the trip

This trip is open to Marquette undergraduate and graduate students. There may also be limited opportunities for faculty and staff to participate. Please complete the online application form. New application deadline: noon on Monday, March 6. We plan to notify applicants if they have been selected no later than March 13.

In addition to completing the online application form, applicants should send one letter of recommendation from a Marquette faculty or staff member, job supervisor, or a leader from a service trip/volunteer opportunity to Dr. Louise Cainkar (louise.cainkar@marquette.edu) with "Islam Immersion" in the subject line. This letter should address your openness to new ideas and capacity to work well with others.


Participants are asked to pay a $200 fee to help cover travel, hotel, and food expenses associated with the program. If additional financial assistance is necessary, please indicate so in your application or in an email to Dr. Louise Cainkar (louise.cainkar@marquette.edu).


Dr. Louise Cainkar
Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences
Lalumiere Hall, 366
(414) 288-5714