For the past several years, students from the BRCC have participated in trips during Winter Break focused on both learning through immersion and participating in service activities. For several years, students traveled to New Orleans to assist with rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2014 and 2015, they traveled to Arizona to participate in the Borderlinks project, with the goal of better understanding issues surrounding immigration.
In January 2016, a delegation of students will be traveling to Appalachia to learn more about issues surrounding rural poverty, stewardship of natural resources, and human ecology. Planning for this immersion experience begins early in the fall semester. Students meet regularly to educate themselves and one another about these topics. They also work collaboratively to raise funds for their travel.