The application for Spring Break 2020 is now closed.
The application for Summer 2020 trips will open Feburary 5th.
Selected participants for immersions will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat, as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.
Friday, June 12th - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
San Diego is home to the most militarized, technologically advanced, and highly trafficked border in the entire world. This program will work with Via International to explore the impact of living only 15 miles from the U.S./Mexico Border and the challenges faced by families, local farmers, businesses, and the large Chicano community.
This rich trans-border culture, influenced by its proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, continues to develop a unique Chicano population and identity, making up over one-third of the city's populace. This diverse cultural group has been underrepresented politically. Through community-driven resilience, it has survived and thrived. Participate in community-driven initiatives and learn about immigration in one of the most important areas involving this issue.
Questions the group will explore:
How can a group that has not only been underrepresented, but misunderstood, gain respect in light of the media’s outlook on issues involving immigration? How is a city so close to Mexico affected on a daily basis by legal and illegal immigration?
Likely activities include:
- Visiting a microfinance program in Tijuana and speaking with small business owners.
- Meeting the Amigos Car Club, a grassroots organization that has curbed gang-violence in urban areas
- Bringing water to immigrants crossing the border with the founder of Border Angels, Enrique Morones
- Travel from Otay to the Pacific Ocean to join the border patrol on a tour between the fence and the wall, highlighting the extreme differences between life on two sides of a wall.