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Students to travel to AZ border to study immigration

March 13, 2012

University of Portland students set to travel to Arizona during Spring break to learn about immigration issues
By University of Portland

A group of 17 University of Portland students will spend their upcoming Spring break – March 11-17 – traveling to Arizona to learn about immigration issues and border policies. On the Border Plunge trip, students will team up with organizations such as Humane Borders and Borderlinks to receive firsthand accounts and information about immigration issues. The trip is sponsored by the University’s Moreau Center for Service and Leadership.

The Moreau Center’s Border Plunge is a service-learning trip that takes students to Tucson, Arizona to learn about immigration issues. The students will explore these issues from both sides of the spectrum. They will examine the root causes and effects of the issues that surround border policies. During the week-long trip, they will visit immigration shelters, factories, and court trials, as well as speak with border patrol officials.

The Moreau Center supports the development of spiritually aware students committed to the common good. Through ongoing service-learning programs, the center offers students a chance to learn about the positive effects of community service, volunteerism, and communal and global leadership. The center provides students hands-on service opportunities throughout Portland, ranging from tutoring at-risk youth and feeding local homeless families to installing food gardens at local schools. Its domestic and international service-learning trips provide a transformational experience to students on their journey to learn about and respond to the needs of the world.

For more information about the Border Plunge, please contact the Moreau Center at 503-943-7132 or

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