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October 14 – 23, 2022

Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life & the Campus Life Office of Diversity & Inclusion are sponsoring a journey to Senegal during fall break, October 14-23, 2022.  Current Princeton undergraduate or graduate students are welcome to apply.  

The purpose of the trip is to make a solemn pilgrimage to the “House of Slaves” where enslaved West Africans were held and then sent to the Americas; to learn about the history of slavery in West Africa and its connection to the Americas; to experience the vibrancy of Islam and Christianity in Senegal, and to witness the peaceful coexistence of Christians and Muslims in the land. The journey will be organized by Where There Be Dragons.

The journey will be co-led by Imam Khalil Abdullah, Muslim Chaplain in the ORL, Dr. Tennille Haynes, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Diversity & Inclusion - Campus Life, and Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel, as well as facilitators on the ground. We intend to take 12 students based on the application and a submitted video. Students who demonstrate a personal or academic interest in the themes of the journey will be given preference. 

Things to keep in mind as you consider applying for the trip:

  • We leave campus by 2 pm on FRIDAY, October 14.  Please be sure that you don’t have an exam or essential lab, class, or performance, etc., later that day. You cannot fly later to join the group.  
  • Dietary needs: Vegetarian and vegan food will be plentiful, strictly Kosher food will not.
  • Senegal is a conservative country and our group will need to respect local customs.  This will include modest clothing (covered shoulders, long pants/skirts, etc.) and abstention from alcohol.