CEUXHIDZA

CEUXHIDZA beyond just an institution is an experience in which the students are part of a new model of learning that permits them to reassess principles, techniques, knowledge and community values.

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The Center for University Studies, CEUXHIDZA is a learning community inspired by intercultural dialogue and knowledge. We consider that wisdom is not used just to interpret the world, but to change it. We wish to share an educative process of constant investigation and learning where the pedagogy is inspired by our own life experience, cosmovision, interrelationships with other beings, and from the Xhidza(Zapoteco) people. Our motto; “perceive and create the echos of the world” is derived from the fact that to reinforce our mode of living, we need to perceive the echos of the world living in community(Yedzi). Through affection we can create to become that we believe possible.

 

University of Kentucky

During this 8 week long program students study social and environmental justice in Oaxaca.

More information about the program can be found on the University of Kentucky website.

During this 8 week long program, students engage with themes of social and environmental justice through addressing themes of global economy and its local effects, land tenure, and “clean energy” in the context of Oaxaca.

During the first 5 weeks, the students take classes, go on excursions, and meet with civil organizations, collectives, local artists, and activists. In this phase we focused on political economy, geographic issues, and an introduction to qualitative research methodology, among other themes.

In the last three weeks, the university students design and carry out an investigation with the themes that they choose. They are given the option to travel through the state, or conduct their investigation from the capital.

Oaxacan Center for Hearing and Language Rehabilitation, CORAL A.C.

Saúl Fuentes commented that he has been participating in CORAL, A.C. for 11 years, and has spent more than 30 years working with people with hearing disabilities. Currently they are conducting a fundraiser to continue their work with this population.

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PART I, CARTOGRAPHY OF MINING PROJECTS

Servicios Universitarios y Redes de Conocimientos en Oaxaca (SURCO) presents the first part of the research carried out this year 2018, which analyzed 15 mining projects in Oaxaca. This work focuses on 7 projects of the U.S. mining company Gold Resource Corp (GRC), whose subsidiary in Mexico is Don David Gold Mexico S.A. de C.V., its area of influence includes municipalities of Central Valleys and the Sierra Sur in the state of Oaxaca.

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GOLD RESOURCE CORP or DON DAVID GOLD MEXICO MINING PROJECTS

Servicios Universitarios y Redes de Conocimientos en Oaxaca (SURCO), presents the first part of the research carried out on mining projects in Oaxaca. This research focuses on the U.S. mining company Gold Resource Corp (GRC), with Don David Gold México S.A. de C.V. as a subsidiary in Mexico. Its area of influence includes the municipalities of Valles Centrales and Sierra Sur in the state of Oaxaca.

About This Work

The concern originated after reviewing several tables of mining projects in the state of Oaxaca, most issued by requests for access to public information and others by the State Mining Panorama. These databases lack a breakdown of the concessions that make up each project. In addition, in many cases they only mention one municipality for each project, although the concessions cover more than one municipality; in other cases they mention municipalities that are not part of the concession area. In addition, there are various data related to mining projects in official sources that contradict each other.

This material is intended to be a tool to clearly locate mining projects in Oaxaca. The main product of this study is a map showing the projects with their respective concessions and concession titles. This visualizes the municipalities affected by the concessions, and therefore, by the mining projects. The map we present highlights in beige the concessions in the area that belong to other companies and are not part of the GRC projects.

Methodological process

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PART II, CARTOGRAPHY OF MINING PROJECTS

The second part of this investigation takes mining projects in communal territories and municipalities in the district of Ixtlán in the Sierra Norte region of Oaxaca. Of the 38 concessions in this region, 36 touch the district of Ixtlán, according to the Cartografía Minera de la Secretaría de Economía.

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About this work

The main purpose of this work was to define and locate more clearly the projects El Roble, Lachatao and Geranio. The map illustrates these three mining projects of the Canadian company First Mining Gold Corp. (FMGC), as well as the the Natividad and Anexas concessions, and other concessions in the same area.

FMGC is a Canadian enterprise that has 25 mining projects in Canada, Mexico and the United States, which can be found in phases of exploration and development. Until now, they have not had any mines in operation. Their principal focus is gold.

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Presentation of students of the Northwest Indian College

This winter we started a new university program in SURCO with students at the Northwest Indian College, located in Bellingham Washington. It is a great pleasure to have students from the first nations of North America: Quinna Hamby of the Tuscarora(Skarure) Nation, and Mikaela Ponca Montoya of the Osage(Niakonska) Nation, who both presented a bit […]

This winter we started a new university program in SURCO with students at the Northwest Indian College, located in Bellingham Washington. It is a great pleasure to have students from the first nations of North America: Quinna Hamby of the Tuscarora(Skarure) Nation, and Mikaela Ponca Montoya of the Osage(Niakonska) Nation, who both presented a bit about the history and the situation of their peoples in the United States. The presentation was in English with translation into Spanish.

We were so glad to have these two students here with us at SURCO and we wanted to make space for them to share some of their experiences with you.

On the 18th, 19th and 20th of February of this year, we visited the community of Santa María Yaviche, to share experiences and knowledge with the community and with the students of the Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xhidza CEUXHIDZA.

You are cordially invited to the exposition that these students will have about their peoples.

Arizona and Oaxaca. A meeting through the university.

On Sunday March 3rd the students at the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies had their first session of talks in Oaxaca at SURCO.

On Sunday March 3rd the students at the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies had their first session of talks in Oaxaca at SURCO.

On the 4th, 5th and 6th, the students traveled to Sierra Juárez to exchange experiences and knowledge with students from CEUXHIDZA. CEUXHIDZA hosted, and lent their facilities for the exchange.

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Summer Program in Oaxaca

Looking to study abroad this summer? Join us in Oaxaca for the 20th edition of the Social and Environmental Justice program. The program is sponsored by the Univeristy of Kentucky and the University of Arizona and open to students from any university.

Looking to study abroad this summer? Check out the Social and Environmental Justice in Oaxacan! Students from all US universities are encouraged to apply. If you study outside the US and are interested in the program, please send an email to the program director, Oliver Froehling at oliver.froehling@gmail.com.

The capital city of Oaxaca acts as the home for this dynamic program, as we journey to a number of communities throughout the state exploring topics that include: land tenure, social justice struggles, “green” energy, mining, neoliberalism, identity politics, migration, eco-technologies, gender equality and identity, coffee production, social and artisan cooperatives, non-governmental organizations, etc. During the first five weeks of the program, classes are dedicated to these topics and to developing a small independent research project that you will carry out during the last few weeks of the program. Lecture based classes are limited, and many class hours are spent in the field, visiting with community leaders, activists, non-profit organizations, community radios, etc.

Assignments are interactive and flexible in nature, giving you the time and space to explore your personal and academic interests while in Oaxaca as you earn between 10 and 12 academic credits. The last three weeks of the program consist of an indepent research project on the subject of your choice. To see where the program took students this summer, check out this video from the 2017 program, and for more information about costs, dates, and class credits check out the UK and UA program application links below.

Planning early will allow you to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and purchase a plane ticket. Past students have found plane tickets for as low as $350 dollars round trip when booked in advance. For a full list of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, speak with your academic advisor or education abroad office.

Apply through the University of Arizona until Feb. 25th:(Arizona Application Link)

Apply through the University of Kentucky until May 1st: (Kentucky Application Link)

University Services

SURCO hosts a number of educational programs, international activist delegations, and provides opportunities for internships, volunteers, and community research support for undergraduate studemts, graduate students, professors, and community members.

We collaborate with a number of universities. Check out some of our programs using the following links:

1.-Border Studies Program

2.-CEUXhidza

3.Colorado College

4.Colorado State University

5. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

6. University of Arizona

7. University of Arizona

8. University of Vermont

9. University of Ottawa

Knowledge

SURCO facilitates numerous workshops and offers spaces for community learning and collaboration. Workshops include: Digital Security Free and Open Source Software Permaculture, Green Technology, and Ecological Living Composting Toilet Construction Introduction to QGIS Story Mapping with Open Sourced Software Additionally, SURCO collaborates on a number of digital communication and media projects, including community radio.

SURCO facilitates numerous workshops and offers spaces for community learning and collaboration.

Workshops include:

  • Digital Security
  • Free and Open Source Software
  • Permaculture, Green Technology, and Ecological Living
  • Composting Toilet Construction
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Story Mapping with Open Sourced Software

Additionally, SURCO collaborates on a number of digital communication and media projects, including community radio.

Networks

  SURCO, in collaboration with organizations, communities, activists, and international allies, strives to create ensembles of collective knowledge, sharing useful tools with the growing Oaxacan social movements. Recent Collaborations and Events: Geopolitical Seminar, every Wednesday from 6:00- 8:00pm. Women’s Workshop, “Women who run with the wolves”. Books: Lo vimos lo vivimos (2009). Oaxaca 2006, Diez […]

 

SURCO, in collaboration with organizations, communities, activists, and international allies, strives to create ensembles of collective knowledge, sharing useful tools with the growing Oaxacan social movements.

Recent Collaborations and Events:

  • Geopolitical Seminar, every Wednesday from 6:00- 8:00pm.
  • Women’s Workshop, “Women who run with the wolves”.
  • Books: Lo vimos lo vivimos (2009). Oaxaca 2006, Diez años después (2016).
  • Militant (Engaged) Research
  • Photography Expositions
  • Conference on Digital Activism in Indigenous Languages
  • Collective Radio Broadcasts via the internet (Horizontes), (14 de junio 2016).
  • Art and social movements: We participate in the National Campaign in Defense of the Earth and Territory (Campaña Nacional en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio). We coordinate with artists including: Mare Advertencia Lírika, Grupo Raíces, and Sánez.

These activities seek to foster collective reflection, learning, and knowledge among Oaxacans while at the same time acquiring better habits and new technologies to emplOy in social movements and life in general.