INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY AND GLOBAL SOLIDARITY
Monday, August 19 - Wednesday, August 28, 2024
During this immersion, you will have the unique opportunity to engage with indigenous communities to hear different voices and perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of indigenous activism for social and economic justice and the defense of human rights and sovereignty in Chiapas, Mexico. The group will also focus on the importance of global solidarity when it comes to the sustainability of movements by engaging with international organizations and individuals who have worked on coalition building in the area. Through these interactions, you will gain a fuller understanding of the context in which indigenous people live in Chiapas, including the challenges they face and the strategies they use to advocate for their rights. You will be exposed to various approaches to activism and social change and creative equitable economic models/social entrepreneurship.
We will partner with Yomol A’tel, an indigenous coffee cooperative in Chilon, Chiapas, and Augsburg University Center for Global Education and Experience, which have decades of collaboration experience in the area. Both invite us to experience a variety of field encounters that stem from their long-term presence and relationships in each community.
This immersion includes traveling abroad. You will need a valid passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination to participate. Due to passport delays, you MUST have a passport when applying. Passports must be valid for 6 months from the time of departure.
Over the 2023 Summer, the Ignatian Center hosted 9 students on an immersion trip to Chiapas, Mexico to learn about indigenous sovereignty and human rights. One of the attending students, Gema Sanchez Gamez '26, wrote about her experience visiting the coffee plantation of Petul, an indigenous farmer in the Yomol A'tel cooperative.