Engaging Muslims, Countering Islamophobia

An interfaith immersion experience

The first of its kind at Marquette, this is an interfaith immersion experience for Marquette students to learn in depth about Muslim American life. This is a trip to Dearborn and Hamtramck, Michigan [near Detroit], places with the largest Muslim population in the U.S.

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.

The trip will take place during Marquette's spring break. The next trip is March 7-12, 2020.

Tentative activities

  • 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

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.

Applications will be available in the Fall.

In addition to completing the online application form, please send one letter of recommendation from a Marquette faculty or staff member, job supervisor, or a leader from a service trip/volunteer opportunity within 2 weeks to Dr. Louise Cainkar 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 contribute a $200 co-pay to help cover travel, hotel, and food expenses associated with the program.


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