SV2 Trip to the US South:
Race, Equity, & American Identity

SV2 invites you to join us for our third annual immersive learning journey to New Orleans, Jackson, Selma, and Montgomery, into the heart of the US racial justice and civil rights movement. On this week-long journey, facilitated in partnership with the Telos Group, we will visit key historical sites and meet with local advocates and leaders. Our purpose is to deepen our understanding of American history and current realities, especially around race and justice, and to ask what our own role is in fostering equity. Getting proximate is a key practice for those who want to grow as social change-makers, and this trip is a powerful way to listen to and learn from multiple community voices.

Dates: September 21-28, 2024
Cost: $5,000 per person


We will start in New Orleans, which sits at the brackish waters of the Mississippi Delta, where so many threads of the American narrative converge: from the indigenous people uprooted from the lands, to colonists escaping persecution elsewhere, to the growth of the brutal slave trade—themes now directly colliding with a rapidly evolving environment. We’ll continue through ground zero of the Civil Rights Movement, and in Jackson engage with leaders in the current struggle for equality and equity. We’ll make our way to Selma, diving more deeply into current approaches to confront systemic racism. Finally, we’ll conclude with a series of immersive experiences and conversations in Montgomery, home to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which we will also visit.

Throughout the trip, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from and engage with a variety of community leaders, activists, and local change agents. These courageous, visionary leaders persist despite daunting challenges facing their communities. They give voice to history and also share their lived experience in the present. We will engage with weighty history and current realities – and we will also witness and experience much hope, joy and resilience. We will leave the trip better informed, inspired, and recommitted to the work of equity and long overdue systemic change. Participants from the last two trips agreed this was one of the most impactful learning experiences of their lives. Join us!

If you have questions about the US South Trip or want to indicate your interest in the trip before registering, please email Jody Chang at