Faculty & Staff Magis Immersion

Faculty & staff on the Kino Border Immersion trip (both photos, left) and on the Magis Peru Immersion visiting Machu Picchu (pictured right)

Magis trips are a collaboration between the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ). They encompass short, in-depth learning experiences for faculty and staff through which participants connect to and reflect on their personal roles in Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and mission. They also explore an issue of significant national or global relevance in depth.

Through these experiences, Georgetown seeks to:

  1. Connect individual faculty and staff with each other and within the network of Jesuit institutions worldwide.
  2. Provide opportunities for members of the Georgetown community to reflect on the Jesuit commitment to “the service of faith and promotion of justice.”
  3. Strengthen and expand relationships with partners nationally and globally.

The 2024 trip will include an immersion experience at the U.S./Mexico border in partnership with the Kino Border Initiative. 

The overall goal and commitment for the 2024 trip is for Georgetown University leaders, faculty and staff to grow and learn together about the reality of migration issues at the U.S./Mexico border, to consider the implications of this reality for individual and collective spheres of influence, and to reflect together on each individual’s roles and responsibilities relative to the issue of migration here at Georgetown. The trip cost is subsidized and covered by the Office of Mission and Ministry.

About the Kino Border Initiative (KBI):

KBI is an organization with the mission to “promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border, and participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.” KBI’s pedagogical strategies include hosting groups for immersive learning about migration in a place-based modality through experiences in core action areas: accompaniment and aid, education, and advocacy. For KBI, immersion hopes to humanize, accompany, and complicate migration. KBI describes the immersion as a first-hand learning experience “intended to humanize the immigration issue and to recognize its complexity, while emphasizing accompaniment of people on their journey.” 

To learn about the Georgetown leader experience on Magis Kino, read this Mission in Motion blog post by Jamie Kralovec, Director, Mission Integration, School of Continuing Studies.

Legacy of Magis Immersion:

Magis Kino grew out of an existing CSJ and Campus Ministry immersion program for students and builds on the legacy of the Kenya Immersion and Peru Immersion programs for faculty and staff.

The Kenya program occurred annually from 2004 to 2013, with over 100 faculty and staff participants. In 2015, Georgetown began an annual Peru immersion and, in 2018, welcomed faculty and staff from UARM (Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University, Lima Peru) to Washington, DC for a reciprocal immersion experience.

For more information, contact:

Fatemeh Hosseini, Director of Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy at Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service at fatemeh.hosseini@georgetown.edu.