Cleveland Neighborhood Immersions


Connect with Cleveland through a new neighborhood immersion series meant to introduce students to some of the communities near campus. Meet neighbors and community organizations to learn about the rich history, strengths, and current happenings in the neighborhoods while also enjoying some of the culinary and entertainment attractions in each community.

Fall Break (October 21-23, 2017): Hough, Fairfax, & MidTown Neighborhoods

Cleveland's Hough, Fairfax, and MidTown neighborhoods have a unique history of neighborhoodLeague Park evolution and are at the forefront of conversations in the city around balancing industry development with the needs of local communities. Learn perspectives on this history by visiting with 100+ year old nonprofits like the Western Reserve Historical Society, Eliza Bryant Village retirement community, and Karamu House performing arts center. You'll also immerse in neighborhood assets by experiencing The Diary of Anne Frank at the historic Cleveland Play House, touring Cleveland's original stagecoach stop and historic Urban League baseball stadium, and enjoying an African dance and drumming lesson at Africa House Enterprises after volunteering at their innovative urban farm. Additionally, participants will sample delicious cuisine from neighborhood restaurants like Hot Sauce Williams, Gallucci's Italian market, Fluffy Duck Bakery, and more. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. in CCEL on Saturday, October 21 and the immersion will end on campus by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 23. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the break is filled. A tentative draft of the break agenda is available online. The participant cost for the Fall Break immersion is $95, which includes transportation, seven meals as well as snacks, and entertainment.

MLK Day Weekend (January 13-14, 2018): St. Clair Superior & AsiaTown

Cleveland's St. Clair Superior & AsiaTown neighborhoods have a rich history of immigration throughout the years and are rapidly becoming known for a unique merging of culture, art, entrepreneurship, and makerspaces. Participants will explore Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood with community leaders from the Greater Cleveland chapter of Asian Pacific American Advocates, starting with brunch at Emperor's Palace in Cleveland's original Chinatown, followed by an AsiaTown grocery store tour, dinner at Miega Korean Barbeque, and karaoke at the upscale Galaxy KTV. You'll also visit local art studios like Zygote Press and Negative Space Gallery while enjoying lunch at the eclectic Artefino Art Gallery Café and create your own art project from the Upcycle Parts Shop. Learn about St. Clair Superior's rich history of Slovenian immigration while also exploring its modern makerspaces and entrepreneurial endeavors happening Tyler Village (known for the Cleveland Flea) and the Hamilton Collaborative (known for IngenuityFest). Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. in CCEL on Saturday, January 13 and the immersion will end on campus by 10 p.m. on Sunday, January 14. Apply online by Sunday, December 1; however, spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. A tentative draft of the break agenda is available online. The participant cost for the MLK Day Weekend immersion is $60, which includes transportation, five meals as well as snacks, and entertainment.

Weekend Break logistics, applications, and discounts

Students are welcome to participate in just one or both weekend immersions. Immersions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. A CCEL staff member will accompany students on each immersion.

The fees for the breaks have been significantly discounted by CCEL in order to give students the opportunity to participate. Participants will stay in their typical on or off-campus lodging during the break. After completing the online application, turning in your payment to the CCEL office (Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 165) will officially secure your spot in the break. Payments can be made by cash or check (made out to: Case Western Reserve University). Note: all payments are non-refundable.

A limited number of $30 per person discounts are available for students willing to assist as a driver for one of CCEL's minivans during the weekend break experience. This website explains the driver role in more detail, and CCEL will follow up with students on a rolling basis who indicate on their participant application their eligibility/willingness to drive.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students (216.368.5230 or, and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.