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 and Miami University Hillel Communities 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 Scholar Leader and Hillel communities work together to plan all aspects of the trip. This year, we went to St. Louis from January 18-21, 2017. Twenty students and four advisers participated in the 2017 WISE trip. Past trip destinations include Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and Atlanta.

Highlights of the 2017 WISE Trip to Nashville include:group of students at the food pantry in nashville

  • Volunteering for 3 hours at the Second Harvest Food Bank, 2 hours at Preston Taylor Ministries After-School Program and 2 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. 

The goals of the 2017 WISE trip were for participants to:

  1. Learn more about how the history with race and social justice impacted the city both in the past and today.
  2. Strengthen bonds between individuals in service opportunities, Scholar Leaders, the Office of Community Engagement and Service and Hillel, as well as understand what successful collaboration between organizations looks like.
  3. Use service experiences to reflect on the nature/implementation of servant leadership, as well as how we can take the things that we learn/observe about servant leadership and apply that back here in Oxford.
  4. Exploring more of Nashville’s socioeconomic disparities, and learn about how different community organizations are working to alleviate this.

WISE Trip Highlights- St. Louis, MO (January 20-23, 2016)

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 NSt. 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 photo at the st. louis symphony