Program Details

US-Mexico Border Field Course

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Program is limited to 9 students

This field course on the border of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico during spring break 2014 is an opportunity to learn and witness firsthand the reality of migrants and borderland communities. In collaboration with No Más Muertes (No More Deaths), we will journey on both sides of the border, meet with multiple organizations concerned with border issues and migrant rights. Students will be introduced to networks providing humanitarian aid, social services, education, cultural and legal support for migrants. Students will have the opportunity to work with desert-aid, the humanitarian project, in the Arizona desert close to the US/Mexico border providing basic assistance to those in need. Students will become familiar with border security, militarization, detention and deportation of migrants through stories from the organizations and individuals in the community. This course will provide context to the contentious issues of immigration, homeland security, prisons and US policies, and offer on-the-ground knowledge of complex border issues.

Course Requirements: Completion of US-MX border class or a comparable course and pre orientation meetings. Readings will be assigned prior to and during the field course. Students are expected to actively engage with organizations and the borderland communities. Students will be required to keep a daily journal and write a final five-page reflective summary. They will also be encouraged to engage in local community issues of immigration upon return.

Written assignments:

  • Daily journaling
  • One page reflection responses to two questions while in the field
  • Final five-page reflective summary


  • Meetings with Professors at Arizona State and/or University of Arizona


  • Selected Readings from Beyond the Border Buildup by Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, April 2012
  • Selected exercises from The Line Between Us by Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools, 2006
  • Others TBA

Community engagement:

  • An action plan, upon return, regarding one or more of the issues explored on the border.
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