Border Studies Program

Potential excursions take Border Studies students to a number of sites that include trips to the Sonoran-Arizona borderlands along both sides of the border as well as the interior of Mexico.

For more information visit the program website

Border Studies is a semester long program based out of Tucson Arizona, that runs in both the spring and fall. It includes a class component, field study with a local organization, and excursions. Potential excursions take Border Studies students to a number of sites that include trips to the Sonoran-Arizona borderlands along both sides of the border as well as the interior of Mexico. Past excursions have included Nogales, Sonora, Mexico; the O’odham Nation in Sonora; the Río Sonora Valley; El Paso and Ciudad Juárez; Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico; New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness; as well as sites in Arizona like Florence and Arivaca. The unique combination of coursework, field studies, and travel seminars create an outstanding opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of their own positionalities in relationship to space, a multitude of communities and their particular struggles for social justice. Excursions also allow for students to explore several academic themes such as migration, the global economy, environmental degradation, development, sustainability, transnational communities, international boundaries, and justice in a land marked by numerous inequalities. Please direct questions about international travel to Patty Lamson at borders@earlham.edu

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)

Values

Autonomy: We believe in the right of communities, both traditional and contemporary, to decide their own destiny. The fundamental basis of autonomy is food and water sovereignty and the free (re-)production of knowledge. Knowledge and Technologies as a commons: We embrace the idea that all knowledge — from research papers to computer programs to genetic […]

Autonomy: We believe in the right of communities, both traditional and contemporary, to decide their own destiny. The fundamental basis of autonomy is food and water sovereignty and the free (re-)production of knowledge.

Knowledge and Technologies as a commons: We embrace the idea that all knowledge — from research papers to computer programs to genetic codes — is the fruit of a collaborative process and therefore cannot be privatized or appropriated by a few. We adhere to and defend the open source concept in all spheres of life.

Participatory Politics: We are convinced of the vital importance of creating political systems based on consensual, collective models of decision-making in all spheres of life, especially in resource creation and distribution.

Respect: Human relations must be based on mutual respect for all peoples and for the natural world. Respect for diversity in all its forms and manifestations – cultural, sexual, epistemological, pedagogical, philosophical, and spiritual – is central to nurturing respect and dignity.

Vision

SURCO founders and collaborators share a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, both within our organization and in society at large. Networking with a variety of local grassroots organizations and indigenous communities, SURCO participates actively in creating and nurturing forms of coexistence not based on the exploitation of people or the environment.

SURCO founders and collaborators share a commitment to social, economic and environmental justice, both within our organization and in society at large. Networking with a variety of local grassroots organizations and indigenous communities, SURCO participates actively in creating and nurturing forms of coexistence not based on the exploitation of people or the environment.

Where we work

SURCO’s office and classroom space is in the city of Oaxaca. We work extensively throughout different parts of the state of Oaxaca, as well as the bordering states of Chiapas and Veracruz, and in Mexico City.

SURCO’s office and classroom space is in the city of Oaxaca. We work extensively throughout different parts of the state of Oaxaca, as well as the bordering states of Chiapas and Veracruz, and in Mexico City.

Who we are

  SURCO is a non-profit grassroots organization combining consulting, academic programs and local activism. We believe that knowledge is not only meant to interpret the world, but to change it. Integrating formal education and activism allows us to provide dynamic and diverse opportunities for our program participants, while facilitating connections to the international context and […]

 

SURCO is a non-profit grassroots organization combining consulting, academic programs and local activism. We believe that knowledge is not only meant to interpret the world, but to change it. Integrating formal education and activism allows us to provide dynamic and diverse opportunities for our program participants, while facilitating connections to the international context and to collaboration with our local projects. As an active partner in a wide range of local networks that tackle social and environmental justice issues, SURCO focuses on food and water sovereignty, urban conviviality, defense of indigenous territories, and community-based radio and video.