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May BreakOuts

May BreakOut Trips

Start your summer off right--learning and serving with others from UD! May BreakOuts are a great way to learn something new about others and yourself before you start summer classes or work.

May 6-12, 2024

Cost: $350


Travel to places like Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, AL; St. Louis, MO; Memphis, TN; and Atlanta, GA to hear from people who were present during moments of tension and progress during the Civil Rights Movement as well as tour key locations, museums, and historic sites. Students at site of Sharecroppers Strike of 1939

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May 6-20, 2024


The group will travel to the US-Mexico border and San Salvador, El Salvador through our partner organization, CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). The experience will include opportunities to meet Salvadorans, migrants, and US citizens, hear their stories, and accompany them for a short time in their daily lives. There will be a two-night family stay in the campos in El Salvador, learning from the community on how they continue to rebuild post-civil war. This experience is full of educational, experiential, and spiritual opportunities for growth. Truly an immersive experience, as participants have a chance to see first-hand sights of triumph and trial in economic, spiritual, and political history and present, and the intersectionality of US foreign policy, migration, and immigration laws.

This year’s opportunity is a companion piece to Dr. Miranda Hallett’s ANT 325: Anthropology of Human Rights (Fall '23) and/or ANT 340: Place, Culture, and Social Justice (Spring '24). Participation in one or both of these courses is a requirement for travel on this immersion.  Dr. Hallett and a reflection leader will be accompanying the group.

This program meets the experiential learning requirement for Human Rights Studies.


  • $1500 program fee (includes ground transportation, lodging and most food)
  • flights (with costs changing constantly, we won't know how much this will be until closer to the trip)
  • $100 fee from UD Global and International Affairs Center covers health and safety oversight including:
    • UD International Assessment Team
    • A top-rated medical and security support provider, available 24/7
    • Access to country intelligence through a risk management firm for all travelers
    • Mandatory pre-departure orientations
    • Emergency Response protocols
    • Emergency contact numbers, answered 24/7
  • med prep, including required and recommended vaccinations  ($50-$100)
  • passport ($130-$195, if you need one)
  • spending money
El Salvador BreakOut group 2014

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Marianist Universities Immersion

May 12-20, 2024

Cost: $400


LEAD with Mary is a unique experience in the Marianist tradition for students from Chaminade University of Honolulu, the University of Dayton, and St. Mary’s University.

Together, Marianist University students will LEAD:

L: Listen to the Holy Spirit and one another

E: Encounter the Marianist Family

A: Act for the common good

D: Deepen the call to serve

After a semester of leadership formation, LEAD with Mary culminates in a week-long immersion rich with community-building, service, prayer, reflection, and fun.

Students selected for LEAD with Mary – San Antonio 2024 will explore the issue of immigration along with the rich culture and cuisine of south Texas.

4 students from each university will participate.

Check out the blog and the video below from last year's Marianist Immersion group to Los Angeles.

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Important Details

The cost of the trip covers ground transportation, lodging, and most food. Plan on bringing some spending money for snacks and other needs along the way. Some funds have been set aside for partial scholarships based on need (contact Mary Niebler for scholarship requests). Full payment for your BreakOut trip is due April 20. If payment is not received by then or a payment plan has not been discussed, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after April 20.

If you would like more information about any of the trips above, contact Mary Niebler.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a COVID-19 vaccine be required?

We follow the vaccination requirements of our host sites. For the requirements of a particular site, please contact Mary Niebler. If the trip does not have a host partner, We follow the vaccination requirements of the University. Currently, the University has no requirement, but it is strongly recommended.

How do we travel?

Domestic BreakOut groups will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD via Campus Ministry vehicle (12 passenger van, minivan, or car)*. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the designated departure spot). Students who are comfortable and able will help with the driving, after completing a safety course through the university. All university-certified drivers will be covered under UD’s insurance.

BreakOut groups that need to fly will travel together to and from their destination, starting from UD. We ask that all students be back on campus the night before your departure (unless you are local and can meet in the morning or at the airport). We will arrange for housing for all students. Those who live in UD houses or Garden Apartments can generally get extended stay for that period and we will help the others have a place to stay. Students will receive instructions on this through their orientation.

It is important that our groups fly in together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Campus Ministry will provide rides from campus to the airport and pick the group up upon their return.


Who is in charge?

All of our BreakOut groups are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experienced and trained students, staff or faculty. The leader is trained in emergency protocol and is there to work through emotional, spiritual, and physical struggles with the students. They will also provide valuable reflection and processing of the experience with the group.

Our trips are often hosted by trusted organizations, who serve as transportation, guides, local experts and general hospitality. Over the years, we have built long-standing, trusted relationships with these organizations and individuals.

We do view all students over the age of 18 as adults. Therefore, they are responsible for signing release forms and waivers for these trips. We strongly encourage students to share all information they are learning with their families.

What if I can’t afford the whole cost of the trip?

It is our goal that these experiences are open to all students, regardless of financial circumstances. We will work with you in a variety of ways to make this trip a possibility. We are happy to set up a payment plan or a reduced price to make it work.

What happens if there is an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, our group leaders will follow the proper protocol. Campus offices such as Public Safety, Campus Ministry, Environmental Health and Safety/ Risk Management, and the Counseling Center are on hand for our groups, even when off campus. Also, our local host organizations are equipped and willing to help in emergency situations.

Our leaders and campus offices have students’ emergency contact information and will notify those contact if deemed necessary.

Who should my parents or I contact if we have a question?

You or your parents may contact Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-cultural Immersions in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concerns with any questions.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
CSC Website