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Remembering Immigrant Workers' Contributions to Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina

To remember and honor the important role that immigrant workers, many undocumented, played in rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina, the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans organized a prayer service marking the 15th anniversary of the storm.
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"Solidarity is mutual respect and understanding"

Looking back on my immersion experience now, I see now that the concept of 'solidarity' is a complex one. For me, the foundation of 'solidarity' with another community is made up of a mutual respect and understanding between the two communities, along with an overarching unified theme of wanting to learn about the other.

"Solidarity is a combination of both empathy and understanding"

I recently returned from an immersion trip to New Orleans, my second immersion experience but my first domestic trip. As the student leader for the trip, I spent a great deal of time preparing our group for what to expect, but the actual word ‘solidarity’ was never brought up in our pre-trip meetings. I think that many of the general concepts of solidarity were touched upon, but the word itself is hard to define and therefore hard to teach. I am a firm believer that ‘solidarity’ is one of those rare words that can take a unique shape depending on the individual experience.