May BreakOuts

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.

Registration for May BreakOuts opens on February 1, 2017 and will close on March 1 (Except for the Marianist Universities LA Immersion; see dates below). These trips will fill on a first come-first serve basis. If a trip is full, you can still apply and be put on a waiting list. Registration will close when all trips are full. 

The cost of the trip covers 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 BreakOut trip is due April 12. If payment is not received by then, your space on the trip will be given to the next person on the waiting list.  If you want to pay by credit card, you can do so at Refunds will not be provided to anyone who drops out after April 12.

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

Civil Rights Tour


May 8-13, 2017

Cost: $250

Back by popular demand, the Civil Rights Tour May BreakOut will walk in the footsteps of the great leaders of the Civil Rights movement and visit the leaders of today who continue to work for equality and human rights for all people. Highlights include the National Civil Rights Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Through prayer and group reflection, participants will be taken back in time with hopes of gaining motivation to continuing working for civil rights today.

Project Homecoming and Duchesne House

New Orleans, LA

May 6-13, 2016

Cost: $250

This trip is a great combination of hands-on service, reflection, prayer, learning and cultural immersion.  The experience will include a tour of neighborhoods still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, but also an overview of what has been done to improve the city.  The group will do hands-on service continuing the rebuilding process in New Orleans' neighborhoods through Project Homecoming.  Evenings will include guest speakers or other opportunities to deepen understanding of the political, environmental, ethnic and class dimensions of the suffering brought on by hurricane Katrina and theological reflection on the topics.  The trip will conclude with a visit to the historic French Quarter.  The group will stay at the Sisters of the Sacred Heart’s Duchesne House and volunteer with Project Homecoming.

Marianist Universities Collaborative Immersion


LA Immersion

May 16-23, 2017

Applications for this trip open November 1, 2016 and are due by January 13, 2017.

Cost: $300 (the rest will be subsidized by a generous grant from the Marianist Foundation)

This will be the fifth year we participate in a collaborative Winter Immersion/ BreakOut experience to Los Angeles with the other two Marianist Universities: Chaminade and St Mary’s. It should again prove to be an educational and rewarding experience. Students will engage in a variety of learning and service-based organizations throughout LA. They will also work on Marianist leadership skills together and discuss what it means to be a leader at a Marianist University and in the world. We are looking for students familiar with the Marianist mission and willing to take part in this exciting experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

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). For the January and May breaks, 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 travel together. There are occasional exceptions to this, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 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.

*the domestic trips to Los Angeles, CA and Nogales, AZ will fly.

Who is in charge?

All of our Domestic BreakOut group are led by at least one, oftentimes 2-4, designated leaders. Leaders are experience 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 also 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.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408