Each January Term, the Scholar Leaders have the opportunity to participate in the annual Winter Immersion Service Experience (WISE) trip. This trip is a parternship between the Scholar Leader, Miami University Hillel Communities, Office of Diversity Affairs, and the Office of Community Engagement and Service with overarching themes of exploring ideas of power, privilege, and social justice. The location changes each year, and students within the planning team work together to plan all aspects of the trip. This year, we went to Washington, D.C. from January 24th-27th. Twenty-five students and three advisers participated in the 2018 WISE trip. Past trip destinations include Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Atlanta.

Highlights of the 2018 WISE Trip to Washington, D.C. included:

The goals of the 2018 WISE trip were for participants to:

  1. Gain persepctive on culture and socioeconomic status
  2. Engaged citizenship
  3. Application upon returning to Oxford, Ohio

WISE Trip Highlights - Nashville, TN (2017)

The Scholar Leader Community along with Marcy Miller (executive director of Miami University Hillel) collaborated to offer the 2016 Winter Immersion Service Experience (WISE) Trip to St. Louis, Missouri from January 20th-23rd, 2016. The WISE trip is an annual collaborative effort concentrated around the ideas of power, privilege, and social justice. This year, 27 undergraduates and 3 staff advisers participated in the trip. Highlights include:

group of students at the food pantry in nashville
  • Volunteering for three hours at the Second Harvest Food Bank, two hours at Preston Taylor Ministries After-School Program and two hours at the Nashville Rescue Mission
  • Touring the Tennessee State Museum and attending the Grand Ole Opry to learn about the history of Nashville’s music culture and noteworthy government political figures.
  • Dinner, conversation, and reflecting with a Hillel community member who lives in the Nashville area
  • Participation in intentional and engaging discussions regarding power, privilege, social justice, responsibility, change, and our roles in bettering our communities.